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N.C. Community College President Peter Hans expected to be named new head of UNC System

N.C. Community College System President Peter Hans spoke with CJ's Kari Travis. Hans is expected to be named president of the UNC System. (CJ photo by Don Carrington)
N.C. Community College System President Peter Hans spoke with CJ's Kari Travis. Hans is expected to be named president of the UNC System. (CJ photo by Don Carrington)

The University of North Carolina System will name Peter Hans its new president, CJ has confirmed. 

Hans, president of the N.C. Community College System since May 2018, will be elected Friday, June 19, to head UNC’s 17-campus system, WRAL first reported Thursday. Multiple sources have corroborated the story. The UNC Board of Governors will meet Friday morning to vote. 

“Peter Hans is a tremendous leader for the state of North Carolina, and he showed that with his stint at the community college system,” Scott Shook, former chair of the community college board, told Carolina Journal. “It’s a sad day to see him go … but a great day for North Carolina.” 

Hans served three terms on the UNC Board of Governors, acting as chairman for two years. He worked as an adviser to former UNC President Margaret Spellings beginning in 2016. Spellings resigned in 2018, fewer than three years into her five-year contract. Hans is a native of Southport. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and his master’s degree from Harvard University.

UNC hasn’t yet released the terms of Hans’ contract. CJ will update this story as it develops.