UNCG chancellor announces retirement

Linda P. Brady, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, today announced her plans to retire July 31, 2015, after seven years of service. She became the university’s tenth chancellor in August 2008.
Linda P. Brady, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, today announced her plans to retire July 31, 2015, after seven years of service. She became the university’s tenth chancellor in August 2008.

Linda P. Brady, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, today announced her plans to retire July 31, 2015, after seven years of service. She became the university’s tenth chancellor in August 2008.

Brady said she is announcing her plans at this time to provide a search committee sufficient time to identify a successor and ensure a smooth leadership transition for the start of the 2015-16 academic year on Aug. 1, 2015. In addition, UNCG recently launched an 18-month strategic visioning and planning process to set the university’s course for 2016 to 2026.

“When I accepted the role as chancellor of this fine university in 2008, I had envisioned retiring after a seven-year tenure,” said Brady, 66.  “As we embark upon our strategic visioning and planning process, I believe the time is right to begin identifying a successor as it will be important for this university’s next leader to participate in this important process and lead UNCG into the future.”
UNC President Tom Ross said, “Linda Brady has led UNCG with great integrity and courage and has earned our deep appreciation for her service.  She has shepherded the institution through some very tough economic circumstances and has done so quite effectively, despite having to make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions.  She inherited a strong, highly respected institution and has worked diligently to position it for continued success in the years ahead. Under Chancellor Brady’s leadership, UNCG has expanded collaboration and partnerships with NC A&T State University, the local business community and other committed partners.  As one of our more senior chancellors, she has also been a leader in our system and a great colleague to me.”
Throughout her tenure at UNCG, Brady has emphasized student access and success, interdisciplinary research, globalization and engagement. Among her many achievements at UNCG, she led efforts to establish a mixed-use village designed to recapture the residential character of the university; completed an academic restructuring and program review process designed to guide future directions and investment; positioned intercollegiate athletics as an important element of the total student experience; led the development of  a new student recreation center currently under construction; and played a lead role in the planned development of the Union Square campus in downtown Greensboro.
Under Brady’s leadership, UNCG has received national recognition for quality, student success and affordability. U.S. News & World Report ranks UNCG among the nation’s top 200 best colleges and Princeton Review places UNCG on its list of the nation’s “Best 379 Colleges” in its annual college guide. In addition, UNCG continues to receive recognition as a “military friendly” school, and the Education Trust highlights UNCG for its success in closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students. Washington Monthly consistently places UNCG on its list of American universities that contribute most to the public good, and Educate to Career ranks UNCG among the top 10 most affordable public universities in the country.
Brady’s tenure as chancellor at UNCG caps an impressive career in higher education and public service. Prior to joining UNCG, Brady served as senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University, and chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Brady also held key positions with the federal government, serving as an analyst with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense during the Carter and Reagan administrations. She was defense advisor to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Vienna, Austria, and held the same position during the Negotiations on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces in Geneva, Switzerland. She also supported the negotiation and implementation of prepositioning and logistical support agreements with members of NATO and with countries in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. She received the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor award for her work in support of the theater nuclear forces program.
Brady was the Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security at the United States Military Academy and served on the board of the U.S. Army War College. She is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Department of the Army and served as Senior Fellow for Arms Control at the Carter Center of Emory University.
Brady earned her undergraduate degree from Douglass College, a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, and her doctorate in political science from The Ohio State University.  Brady, who began her academic career as an assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in 1973, said she plans to return to teaching.
“It has been an honor to serve alongside our faculty and staff, UNC presidents Tom Ross and Erskine Bowles, and my many colleagues across the system since 2008. The University of North Carolina remains the best public university in America, with UNCG one of the premier institutions. I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for our students and the people of North Carolina, and I look forward to returning to the classroom, where I began my academic career more than 40 years ago,” Brady said.
After consultation with President Ross, the UNCG Board of Trustees will be asked to form a search committee of trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni to help identify a permanent successor to Brady.  The Board of Trustees will forward a slate of finalists to President Ross for consideration.  The new chancellor, upon nomination by the President, must be elected by the UNC Board of Governors.
“We appreciate the outstanding leadership and courage to effect change that Chancellor Brady exhibited during her time at UNCG, and due to her efforts, the university is well positioned for future success. We know that she will continue to provide strong leadership in the coming months as we begin the search process for the university’s next chancellor,” said UNCG Board Chair Susan Safran.
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