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Raymond Farrow Appointed Associate Provost for Global Affairs

September 20, 2018
UNC Global Affairs

Raymond Farrow, currently senior director for global strategy, has been appointed associate provost for global affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective September 24, 2018. In this new role, Farrow will serve as a leader for the University’s global activities and as the executive director and chief operating officer for UNC Global.

Farrow has served in several senior administrative and development roles at Carolina during the past 20 years, including as director of development and strategic initiatives at Carolina Performing Arts and as executive director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler Business School. He was also instrumental in the design and building of the FedEx Global Education Center, as well as a number of major programmatic initiatives across campus. Recently, he has facilitated the work of the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Taskforce, a group of Carolina leaders and distinguished alumni who have been responsible for developing UNC’s next global roadmap.

“Raymond Farrow brings substantial experience and enthusiasm to this role,” said Bob Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost. “I have every confidence he will excel and lead us into the next stage of Carolina’s global endeavors.”

The associate provost for global affairs is a new role, created to invest in UNC’s commitment as a leading global public research university. A search is underway for the University’s inaugural vice provost for global affairs. This new leadership structure will foster increased collaboration and integration among UNC Global units, as well as enhanced partnerships with units from the College of Arts & Sciences housed at the FedEx Global Education Center. This position will also enable the vice provost for global affairs to focus on strategic cross-campus global initiatives, representing the University abroad and engaging top-level corporate, foundation, government and institutional leaders in advancing UNC’s global mission.

Farrow will serve as interim chief global officer while the search for the new vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer is underway.

In his role as chief global officer, Farrow succeeds Executive Vice Provost Ron Strauss, who has been Carolina’s chief international officer since 2009. In large part due to Strauss’ leadership and stewardship, UNC’s global reputation has grown considerably. Recently, Carolina was ranked 30th among global universities according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

“Thanks to Strauss’ commitment and unwavering enthusiasm, we have an incredibly strong foundation on which to advance Carolina’s global teaching, research and public service missions,” said Blouin. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Strauss in his role as executive vice provost as we implement the Blueprint for Next and address a range of important academic issues.”

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