Lindsay Bierman announced today that he will step down as chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), effective July 31, to become CEO of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina on Aug. 12.
Bierman’s appointment was approved by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors at its regular meeting today in Chapel Hill. UNC Interim President Bill Roper placed Bierman’s name in nomination. Bierman will succeed Brian Sickora, who served as director and general manager of UNC-TV from July 1, 2016, to October 26, 2018. Since that time, Steven D. Hammel and Kevin FitzGerald have served in interim capacities at UNC-TV.
“UNC School of the Arts has experienced tremendous strides under Lindsay’s leadership, and we are thrilled to see what he will bring to UNC-TV,” Roper said. “Using creative thinking and planning, he has carefully guided UNCSA through a very successful period. We are delighted to keep Lindsay and his wide array of leadership and talent in the UNC System family.”
Chancellor Bierman assumed the leadership of UNCSA when he succeeded Interim Chancellor James Moeser on Aug. 1, 2014. “It has been one of the greatest joys of my career to serve this incomparable institution, and I’ll leave here forever in awe of the artistic talent that called so many of us here,” Bierman said. “The support and guidance I’ve received from my colleagues across the campus, our committed board members, alumni and generous donors mean more than I could ever say. The role of Chancellor has been humbling, energizing, motivating, challenging, and immensely rewarding.”
Ralph Womble, chair of the UNCSA Board of Trustees, said, “I am delighted for UNC-TV, which has attracted a leader who has experience guiding one of the nation’s most iconic media brands, as well as a proven track record as a public servant and as a fundraiser in higher education. It is certainly a great loss for UNCSA, but the UNC System is only the stronger for it. Lindsay has left UNCSA well-positioned for the future, and now he has another opportunity to do great things for the citizens of North Carolina.”
A longtime media veteran, Bierman came to UNCSA after 17 years at Time Inc., where he worked with writers, editors, producers, photographers, videographers, stylists, marketers, and countless others on cross-platform audience, content and franchise development for numerous mainstream brands, including the juggernaut Southern Living. As the title’s editor-in-chief from 2010-14, he drove the strategic growth, editorial vision, and digital revolution for the country’s eighth-largest monthly paid magazine, reaching 18 million consumers each month.
Bierman added: “I’m excited to fully leverage my creative leadership, business acumen, and fundraising track record at UNC-TV, and I’m inspired by the power and potential of public media to positively impact the life of every North Carolinian. Though it is difficult to leave UNCSA, I am confident that the school is poised for continued growth and long-term success.”
An affiliate of the UNC System, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina is one of the country’s largest networks of noncommercial, educational television stations, transmitting four full-time digital program channels to all 100 counties in North Carolina. The CEO is responsible for the overall vision, leadership, strategic direction and success of the network, which has a budget of approximately $28 million and more than 150 employees statewide.
During his tenure as chancellor, Bierman has:
Interim President Roper is expected to announce an interim chancellor for UNCSA before Bierman’s departure date. Roper will also be working closely with Chair Womble and the UNCSA Board of Trustees to launch a search for a successor.
May 22, 2019