Floyd mentioned as candidate for UNC presidency

Friday, May 6, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:31 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A North Carolina newspaper has mentioned Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System, as a possible candidate to lead the University of North Carolina System.

The Herald-Sun in Durham said in its April 23 edition that Floyd had “been mentioned privately among university faculty and administrators.”

Floyd, who earned his degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and served as executive vice chancellor there, was not available for comment Thursday. UM spokesman Joe Moore said he had not heard anything about the search and deferred questions to the University of North Carolina.

UNC spokeswoman Joni Worthington said the search committee for the president is in the early stages of the process. Members have held public forums to gather information about issues facing the university and qualities the next president should have. The search committee has not yet drafted a job description or set deadlines to select a president for the multicampus system, Worthington said.

The UNC president would succeed Molly Broad, who plans to retire after the 2005-2006 academic year.

Floyd “is a native of North Carolina, and he has held important repeat positions at UNC-Chapel Hill,” Worthington said. “For those reasons, it would not be surprising for his name to be mentioned among many other names.”

Moore echoed Worthington’s comments.

“Dr. Floyd was a prominent administrator for the University of North Carolina, and he’s currently a university system president,” he said. “It only makes sense that his name would come up in the search for a president for the University of North Carolina.”

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