Oct. 19, 2012/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



UNC President Tom Ross to Give Committee Its Charge at First Meeting on Tuesday

WINSTON-SALEM – The chair and members of the Chancellor Search Committee for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have been announced.

Robert L. “Rob” King III, the vice chair of the UNCSA Board of Trustees, will chair the search committee to recommend a successor to Chancellor John Mauceri.

The 18-member search committee includes representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, student body, alumni and the community.

“We are initiating a national search for the best leader for the School of the Arts,” King said. “As we begin our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the school in 2013 and the opening of the school in 2015, the selection of the next chancellor is an incredibly important decision. This is a crucial time for the arts and arts education in America. Our goal is to ensure that our next leader is the person to take the school forward into the 21st century while building upon the history made by our founders.”

The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the UNCSA Board of Trustees, which will vote on the slate to recommend to UNC President Tom Ross. Ross then will recommend a candidate to the UNC Board of Governors, which elects the new chancellor.

Ross will give the Chancellor Search Committee its charge at the committee’s first meeting, to be held from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Hanes Student Commons, Eisenberg Social Hall, Ground Level, on the campus at 1533 South Main St.  Also on the agenda are the development of a leadership statement, establishing the search timetable, and review of search firms. The meeting is open to the public.

Mauceri, UNCSA’s seventh chancellor, notified President Ross on Oct. 1 that he plans to step down, effective June 30, 2013. Mauceri, who will have completed seven years as chancellor on that date, plans to return to his roots and focus fully on conducting and writing again.

King said the Chancellor Search Committee will be holding public forums to provide all constituents with the opportunity to give input into the search, such as what characteristics they hope to see in the next chancellor. He also said that a new web page will be launched soon to keep the campus community and the public informed about the committee’s work.

King, of Winston-Salem, is the CEO of Bob King Automotive Group, a franchised automobile dealer holding Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi franchises. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He has also served two terms on the UNCSA Foundation Board, including a term as president; on the UNCSA Board of Visitors; on previous searches for chancellor and chief advancement officer; and as chair of the school’s Business Friends. He and his wife, Robyn, both serve on the Giannini Advisory Committee. They are also active in the North Carolina arts community.

Other search committee members are:

Representing the Board of Trustees

Charlie Lucas of Charlotte, Chair, Board of Trustees

Claire Christopher of Winston-Salem

Barbara Goodmon of Raleigh

John Williams of Lewisville; also an alumnus


Representing the Students

Nick Correa, Student Government Association President


Representing the Faculty

Dale Pollock, Faculty Council Chair; School of Filmmaking

Bob Francesconi, Assistant Dean, School of Drama

Jamie Call Blankinship, School of Design and Production; also an alumna

Jonathan Milner, Division of Liberal Arts, High School Academic Program


Representing the Staff

Nyambi Shannon, Past Chair, Staff Council            

David English, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


Representing the UNCSA Foundation

Judy Watson, Foundation Board

Ralph Womble, Foundation Board


Representing the Community

Lynn Eisenberg, Board of Visitors

Milton Rhodes, Board of Visitors

J.D. Wilson, Board of Visitors



Tom Kenan of Chapel Hill, Board of Trustees Emeritus member


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.