CHAPEL HILL –Katharine E. Stewart has been named Vice President for Academic Planning and Quality of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. Stewart, who joined the staff of UNC General Administration last year as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Learning Strategies, was promoted to the new position effective July 1.
In her expanded role, Stewart will oversee UNC academic planning, enrollment planning, the assessment of institutional performance, and the development and implementation of competency-based approaches to curriculum development and assessment of student learning. She will have primary responsibility for identifying, creating, and leading new strategies to make higher education more effective for students, adults, and nontraditional learners. To that end, she will work with UNC campuses to help shape the future direction of academic programs across the UNC system and will provide leadership for innovative collaborations among UNC institutions and other constituencies.
A graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Stewart graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She later earned doctoral degrees in clinical medical psychology and public health policy and organization from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In addition to her duties as UNC vice president, Stewart is a professor of public health sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining UNC General Administration, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of health behavior and health education at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation's first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.