Academic Staff

Senior Academic Officer & Staff

Kimberly van Noort, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Officer | 919-962-4614
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVP/AA) advises the UNC President and the Board of Governors on academic affairs and leads in the development and implementation of the academic mission of the University, which is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society.  The division focuses on ensuring that teaching and instruction, research and scholarship, and service and engagement are of the highest quality by catalyzing innovation, optimizing effectiveness, and harnessing partnerships to promote lifelong student achievement.  Academic Affairs enables and inspires excellence in academic initiatives respectful of the distinctive character and mission of each UNC institution. 

Four Vice Presidents report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and lead the following departments: Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research; Academic and Student Affairs; Digital Learning; and Data and Analytics.  The SVP/AA is responsible for oversight of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis and the Interim Executive Director and General Manager of UNCTV, Steven Hammel, and the Spanger Family Director of UNC Press, John Sherer, report to the SVP/AA.

Rondall Rice, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Operations and Administration | 919-843-4962

Eric Fotheringham
Program Analysis Director | 919-843-6967

John Falchi
Director of Special Projects | 919-843-6743


Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research

Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty & Research | 919-962-2620
Dr. van Noort works with the constituent institutions to shape the future direction of academic programs across the System and to provide leadership for special projects, especially those focused on strategic directions for instruction, that represent innovative collaborations among institutions and with other constituencies.  She is responsible for University-wide academic planning, the assessment of program and institutional performance and development, and the implementation of competency-based approaches to curriculum development and assessment of student learning. She oversees the individuals/offices below, responsible for a variety of academic and faculty affairs, research programs, and licensure and state authorizations. 
Associate Vice President for Academic Programs | 919-843-4538
Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and State Authorization | 919-962-2676
Director of Licensure | 919-962-4550
Director for Competency Based Education and Assessment | 919-966-3202
Director of Community College Partnerships | 919-962-4907

Academic and Student Affairs

Karrie Dixon*
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs | 919-843-5008
Dr. Dixon serves as the chief student affairs officer of the University, is the liaison between the University and the 17 constituent institutions on issues primarily related to university policies regarding financial aid, athletics, and student health, and is the primary education representative to the CFNC partnership. Her department works closely with campus leadership, faculty, and staff to foster system-wide strategies for enhancing student success and time-to-degree through data-driven decisions. The department collaborates with campus administrators in implementing policies and regulations regarding student affairs, financial aid, admissions, and campus safety. The department is also responsible for access programs, such as CFNC Pathways Partnership, the statewide Countdown to College program, and works closely with campus committees and educational agencies on minimum admissions, course requirements, and coordination of the distribution of student financial aid information, and state awards with the NCSEAA (North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority), and distribution of veterans benefits through the NC State Approving Agency.

*Dr. Dixon is currently the Interim Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.  While on this assignment, Dr. Bethany Meighen will serve as Interim Vice President for ASA.

Bethany Meighen, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs | 919-843-6744

Executive Director, NC State Approving Agency | 919-733-7535

Kimberly Mitchell
Director for Student Development and Association of Student Government Advisor  | 919-445-0494

Autumn Carpenter
Director of Financial Operations and Technology  | 828-964-2285

Mark Wiles
Director, CFNC Pathways | 336-256-0117


Digital Learning 

Vice President for Digital Learning | 919-843-5705
The Vice President for Digital Learning is responsible for developing a digital learning plan that supports the Strategic Plan and is in service of the future needs of the UNC System.  The major goals of this plan are two-fold.  First, it is intended to address how digital learning can be leveraged to support micro- and nano-credentials, as well as fully online degree programs, in order to provide access to higher education for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who do not have, but could benefit from, a college education.  Second, it is designed to accelerate the use of appropriate digital technologies across the 17 campuses in support of increasing student success.  Dr. Ptaszynksi also oversees UNC Online and UNC Proctoring coordination.

Senior Director of Product Management and Technology Implementation | 919-962-4208

Data & Analytics 

Vice President for Data and Analytics | 919-962-4554
The Data and Analytics department provides decision support to UNC leadership, the Board of Governors, the Legislature, and various other stakeholders, primarily through the maintenance of and extraction of information from a rich central database.  The goal is to meet key stakeholders’ needs by building an efficient, responsive, sustainable unit on a robust, scalable technology and human resource platform.  Dr. Cohen-Vogel is responsible for collecting various student, course, facilities, personnel, financial aid, and other data from the 17 campuses.  The department handles state and federal reporting requirements--in particular, the federal higher education data system, IPEDS, requires a substantial set of reports at various points during the year, and Data & Analytics submits those on behalf of the 16 university campuses.  The department manages various UNC system surveys and annual reporting to the Board of Governors (e.g., athletics, faculty workload, and enrollment). 

Associate Vice President for Data and Analytics | 919-962-4548
Director of Data and Analytics | 919-843-8613