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BOG to Name UNC Chancellor Today
James Moeser, Chancellor of the University
Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Will Be Tapped for Job
By Cate Doty
James Moeser, chancellor of the
University of Nebraska Lincoln, will be
chosen as the University’s next chancel
lor, high-ranking officials at both UNC
and Nebraska confirm, ending a 10-
monfh search process.
Today the Board of Governors is
expected to approve Moeser at its morn
ing full board meeting, following both
an emergency Board of Trustees meet
ing and the BOG’s Personnel and
Tenure committee meeting Thursday.
The confirmation of Moeser, UNL’s
chancellor since 1996 and a veteran
higher education administrator, caps off
UNC’s highly secretive search, which
began just a month after Michael
Hooker’s death June 29.
As of late Thursday evening, the
search committee members and those
close to the search remained close
mouthed to the press, refusing to con
firm or deny any names of candidates.
But the commotion surrounding the
calling of an emergency BOT meeting
early Thursday morning prompted
UNC Health Care Finalizes Rex Deal
The agreement, valued at
$290 million, will expand
UNC Health Care's service to
Wake County residents.
By Katf. Macek
A year after the process began, UNC
Health Care System and Rex
Healthcare officials announced the
University’s acquisition of Rex
Healthcare on Thursday morning.
Jeffrey L. Houpt, UNC Health Care
System chief executive officer, and
James B. Hyler Jr., Rex Healthcare
Trustees chairman, signed the agree
ment around 11 a.m., making Rex a sub
sidiary of UNC Health Care System.
Service Day Set for Saturday
Project UNC offers nearly 60
public service programs
aimed at improving Chapel
Hill and the UNC campus.
By Shahrzad Rezvani
In the first-ever campuswide volun
teer initiative, Saturday’s Uniting and
Nurturing our Community project will
encourage volunteers to donate their
afternoon to aiding and beautifying the
campus and community.
Project UNC will offer students, fac
ulty, staff and friends the opportunity to
sign up for the project of their choice,
beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Polk Place.
The project offers about 60 public
New Construction Schedule Keeps Seniors in Carmichael
By Elizabeth Bkeyek
A few graduating seniors received
word that their last-minute struggle to
find temporary housing before gradua
tion was over.
Although housing officials
announced that renovations would push
residents out of several campus resi
dence halls the week before graduation,
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than being able to decide.
immediate speculation that members
might had finally picked anew chancel
BOT Chairwoman Anne Cates called
the emergency 11 a.m. meeting at 8 a.m.
Thursday, allowing for meager trustee
attendance. All but one trustee joined
the meeting by conference call.
The meeting, called under the pre
tense of personnel matters, went into
closed session after Student Body
President Brad Matthews was sworn in
as the new student trustee. He was able
to vote on the BOT’s decision.
According to N.C. Open Meetings
Law, personnel matters, including a
chancellor search, can be discussed
behind closed doors by a public gov
And in accordance with the recent
ly revised BOT bylaws, unscheduled
meetings can be called less than 48
hours before the actual event when, in
the opinion of the chairwoman, an
Legally, UNC is required to submit
two candidates for UNC-system
President Molly Broad’s consideration,
although she had asked in July for three
The agreement will allow UNC and
Rex, a Raleigh-based company, to
expand their services and save money
through joint projects set up under the
agreement. The projects will include
expanding cancer care, pediatric ser
vices and women’s services.
Munson, who is also interim presi
dent and CEO of Rex Healthcare
System, said the acquisition would ben
efit the people in the Chapel Hill and
“It gives us the opportunity to con
solidate services and to reduce costs to
consumers in both markets- Orange
and Wake County,” he said. “What it
does is give the UNC Health Care
System access to the Wake County mar
ket in ways that we haven’t before.”
Under the agreement, Rex’s Board of
Trustees will be restructured, and Rex
service programs, including cleanup at
the Botanical Gardens, yard work at the
American Red Cross and gardening on
campus with UNC’s Grounds
Department, said Co-chairwoman and
former Student Body Vice President
“Our goal is to unite (volunteers) in a
a day that not only unites to improve
our campus but also the Chapel Hill-
Carrboro community,” Moore said.
The inaugural event was launched
from former Student Body Resident Nic
Heinke’s platform. The event marks
Heinke’s final big project, which he has
pushed for since he took office last year.
Heinke got the idea from a similar event at
Georgia Tech University titled Team Buzz.
To reward volunteers for their efforts,
the closing ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. will
offer free food, free T-shirts and live per
a change in the construction schedule
will allow seniors to stay in Carmichael
Residence Hall until Commencement,
officials said Wednesday.
“We weren’t satisfied with the reno
vations and the work that was going to
be done, so we are working with the
proposals and delaying the start of con
struction,” said Dean Bresciani, vice
chancellor for student services.
Anew sprinkler system is being
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While BOT members and the Board
of Governors refused to comment on
the search results, officials at UNC and
Nebraska both cheered and lamented
the committee’s imminent choice.
“I’ve heard he’s wonderful, a real
visionary,” said Richard Cole, dean of
the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication. “My understanding is
that the search is over - we’ll have a
new chancellor soon.”
But UNL Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs James Grecan said he
was saddened and surprised by
Moeser’s departure, which he said was
definitely in the works.
“You can assume it’s true,” Grecan
said. “It’s a real loss for us. He’s an
absolutely wonderful leader.”
Grecan said he had not known of
Moeser’s definite departure until a
reporter’s phone call Thursday after
noon prompted him to contact the chan
“We all like him and trust him - he’s
a man of principle,” Grecan said. “He
makes thoughtful, considerate decisions.
It’s sad, to my mind.”
will be represented on the UNC Health
Care Board of Directors.
The transaction, valued at $290 mil
lion, also created plans for the establish
ment of a ](lhn Rex Endowment.
UNC will contribute SSB million,
which must be spent within 10 years, to
fund strategic initiatives agreed upon by
the two institutions.
The John Rex Endowment will be
established with SIOO million from the
transaction. Rex will use $25 million of
this for capital projects, and interest
from the other $75 million will be used
to support indigent care and enhance
community health care programs in the
The remaining $132 million in long
term debt will stay with Rex and its affil
The acquisition will change the gov
formances by the Loreleis, Chapel Hill
Players and the Clef Hangers.
Although the event does not offer
sign-ups for future service opportunities,
Project UNC coordinators said they
hoped volunteers would take the initia
tive to extend their generosity.
“Our hope is to get people interested in
their own individual time,” Moore said.
Project coordinator Zachary Fay
expressed similar goals. “Hopefully, we
will give the campus information about
volunteer opportunities, and students
will take it upon themselves for days,
weeks and months to come.”
Moore encourages volunteers not to
wait until the last minute to sign up.
“On the day, the most exciting things
will have been taken,” she said.
See PROJECT UNC, Page 4
installed in Carmichael, one of four
buildings undergoing improvements.
But Larry Hicks, associate director of
administrative services for housing, said
complications in the plans had caused
the project to be delayed indefinitely.
“There is a certain window of oppor
tunity in how long it will take, and we
ran short with the time needed to guar
antee that it would be ready when we
came back in the fall,” Hicks said.
But Moeser’s departure does not
come as a complete shock. He also tops
the public candidate list for the presi
dency of the University of Florida-
Gainesville -a roster that includes for
mer UNC Executive Vice Chancellor
Elson Floyd, now president at Western
Michigan University and until recendy,
a contender in the UNC search.
In an interview April 5 with the
Lincoln Journal-Star, the 61-year-old
Moeser said he would consider leaving
Nebraska for Florida if they wanted him
and if his wife Susan was in agreement
with his decision.
Moeser’s coming appointment is the
final chapter in a lengthy, often bewil
dering story. After Hooker’s June death
from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Broad
appointed a search committee with a
deadline of May Commencement.
But just last month, committee
Chairman Richard Stevens scheduled
committee meetings after graduation,
leading some to question when the
University would ever find anew chan
See CHANCELLOR, Page 4
eming board of both organizations.
UNC appointed three new members to
Rex’s board, and Rex nominated three
to UNC’s board. In addition, UNC’s
board will nominate- three candidates,
and Rex will nominate nine to form the
John Rex Endowment Board.
Despite their cooperative efforts, the
two institutions will maintain their inde
pendence. Rex Healthcare will remain a
private, nonprofit institution and will
retain its current employees.
“Both of us will continue to operate as
separate entities,” said John Stokes, vice
president for public affairs. “Rex has its
own board, but actions of the board
have to be ratified by the UNC Health
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Rosemary Waldorf speaks with 15 German exchange students who are
visiting Chapel Hill for three weeks. The students from Kastellaun are
staying with students from Chapel Hill High School. See Story Page 6.
Carmichael Area Director Jennifer
McLamb said any student who wanted
to stay in the building until graduation
would need to apply at the area office.
The deadline has been extended until
April 21 for any participants in
Commencement to fill out the form.
McLamb said the change would
affect a small but significant number of
students.“ Typically, about 60 people
need to stay in Carmichael in that
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SPECIAL TO THE DTH,THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
James Moeser, chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
is shown here in his office, meeting with a student last year.
Officials Up Standards
For System Admission
Board of Governor members
plan to tweak the process
universities use to construct
additional campus facilities.
By Cheri Melfi and Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editors
Surrounded in the rich ambience of
the Carolina Inn, several Board of
Governors committees laid their own
courses of action for the system’s future.
The Committee on Educational
Planning, Policies and Programs dis
cussed several different ways to increase
student attendance at select schools in
week,” she said.
Renovations are still on schedule for
Morrison, Whitehead and Hintonjames
residence halls, and senior residents of
those buildings will still have to find
“All the other projects are on sched
ule, and we have no reason to change
them,” Bresciani said.
See CARMICHAEL, Page 4
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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the system and a plan to implement the
increase in UNC-svstem mini-mum
Students entering any system school
in 2004 will be required to take two for
eign language courses.
Students entering two years later, in
2006, will have to take an additional
math course beyond Algebra 11, typical
ly a junior-level course in high school.
The current system recommends two
years of foreign language and requires
just three years of math.
UNC-system President Molly Broad
said the delay in implementing the stan
dards allowed high schools in the state
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East Carolina University Student Body
President Cliff Webster and N.C. State
University Student Body Treasurer
Andrew Payne will compete Saturday
for the Association of Student
Government presidency. See Page 2.
The UNC women's tennis team ran
into second-ranked Wake Forest on
Thursday and absorbed the worst of
the collision.TheTar Heels lost 8-1 in
their final home match of the season.
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