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Moeser Gives Ist State of University Address
By Lizzie Breyer
As Chancellor James Moeser stood
on stage in the Great Hall under a
Carolina blue banner, the first words he
spoke reminded members of the
University community that he has been
with them only a year.
But the scope of Moeser’s State of the
University address, delivered in the
Student Union, spanned far beyond just
a year as he outlined his long-term goals
and vision for making UNC-Chapel Hill
the best public university in the nation.
Moeser’s speech was the first of its type
in recent UNC-CH history. He adopted
the practice of annually addressing the
campus community whin he was chan
cellor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Moeser began by outlining the three
issues that he described as the “key chal
lenges and opportunities” facing UNC
CH: assessing the University’s monetary
needs and fund-raising strategies, creat
ing anew academic plan and moving
forward with the development plan for
campus growth. “There are many other
challenges, but I believe these are the
most pressing and require our collective
attention as a community during this
current academic year,” Moeser said.
Moeser first turned his attention to
the University’s financial situation, dis
cussing UNC-CH’s standing in light of
the state’s recent fiscal woes.
The N.C. General Assembly recent
ly passed a continuing budget resolution
including across-the-board 9 percent
tuition increases for all UNC-system
undergraduates. Proposals for cuts to
UNC-CH’s budget, which range from
$3 million to $7 million, are currently in
the N.C. House and Senate.
“At times during the legislative ses
sion, this university was literally placed
on the chopping block, threatened by
cuts - real and proposed - that could
quickly eradicate the years of work that
allowed Carolina to rise to the status of
a great public university,” Moeser said.
Moeser said the final budget package
will probably contain “mixed news” for
the University - he said he is glad UNC
CH will receive funding to support
enrollment growth but that he is dis
tressed by the tuition increases and cuts
that could force the University to reduce
its staff by almost 3 percent. “My con
clusion about this session is simply that
it raises more questions about our state’s
priorities than it answers,” Moeser said.
But Moeser said the University will
Speech Details Plans to Expand Fund Raising
Moeser estimated that the money
earned in the initial phase of the
Carolina First Campaign will support
1,000 scholarships and fellowships.
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
Chancellor James Moeser reaffirmed his commit
ment to making UNC the best public institution in the
country during his State of the University address
Wednesday, promising to maximize the University’s
private financial contributions in the coming years.
While stressing the importance of stabilizing the
University’s financial situation - from avoiding poten
tial budget cuts to improving faculty salaries - the
chancellor revealed that the “quiet phase” of the
Carolina First Campaign is coming to an end.
The campaign is a seven-year University effort,
begun in July 1999, to gain private donations that will
triple the $499 million allocated to UNC by the $3.1
billion state bond referendum.
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Chancellor James Moeser makes his first State of the University address in the Great Hall on Wednesday
as Provost Robert Shelton listens. Moeser addressed his goals for the University during his tenure.
meet its funding challenge mainly by
relying heavily on fund raising. “On
University Day, we will unveil the pub
lic phase of our major fund-raising cam
paign, the largest in our history,” he said.
“... This year will mark the beginning of
our future - what can be Carolina’s gold
en age if we are all successful.”
He said UNC-CH especially needs to
dedicate money to faculty and staff salaries
and benefits, research and public service.
Moeser also said a crucial part of
Moeser said the amount of money raised during the
initial private phase of the campaign will be announced
on Oct. 12, University Day.
“Last year, I made a pledge to the people of North
Carolina that we would triple the impact of the bond
issue on this campus with private fund raising,” Moeser
said. “We intend to keep that pledge.”
“This campaign will put us at the very forefront of
public universities seeking private support It will make
us more competitive in recruiting the best minds - stu
dents, faculty and staff.”
Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for university advance
ment, would not comment on the exact amount the
first phase of the campaign had accumulated but con
firmed that more than $1 billion in private contribu
tions already have been raised.
“We’ve been two years into a quiet phase,” Kupec
said. “So on October 12 (when the public phase is
launched), we’ll have a detailed plan of what we’re
going to accomplish.”
Moeser said a successful campaign would enhance
UNC’s academic vision. He estimated that the money
raised will support 200 new endowed professorships as
well as 1,000 new scholarships and fellowships.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
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maintaining the University’s financial
stature would come in the form of cam
pus-initiated tuition increases over the
next several years. “Later this fall, we
shall take to the Board of Trustees an
updated five-year plan for tuition neces
sary to support excellence,” he said.
In 2000, the Board of Governors
passed a campus-initiated two-year
tuition increase of S3OO per year for all
UNC-CH students. During the same
round of tuition increases, the BOT con
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sidered drafting a five-year plan that
would increase tuition by S3OO per year.
But tuition wasn’t the only issue in
Moeser’s speech that might affect students
- the second part of his speech dealt with
the academic climate at die University.
Moeser focused largely on research
achievements, fisting the accomplish
ments of faculty who have undertaken
significant scientific projects. “Ultimately,
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“Those numbers help demonstrate how this cam
paign will help meet our academic goals,” Moeser said.
“And indeed, this effort will determine whether or not
we reach our ultimate vision.”
Kupec said the first two years of the campaign
involved extensive networking - contacting past and
potential donors -and mobilizing fund-raising tactics.
The Office of Development reported for the fiscal year
2001 that private donors contributed $ 157 million in gifts
and private grants to the University. This amount counts
toward the more than $1 billion already garnered.
The University now receives 8 percent of its annu
al revenue from private endowments. 2001 was the sec
ond-highest fund-raising year for UNC, and for the
fifth consecutive year, the University raised more than
The public phase of the campaign will pick up
where the first phase left off, Kupec said, and likely wifi
gain momentum in the coming years.
“We have been extremely pleased," he said. “It has
been an incredible couple of years here.”
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Students, Faculty, Staff
React to 'Great Issues'
By Stephanie Horvath
Assistant University Editor
While Chancellorjames Moeser’s first
State of the University address covered a
variety of topics, it was the last 10 minutes
that had the greatest impact for many
members of the University community.
In that time, Moeser said the
University had the responsibility to pro
vide moral leadership on what he called
“the great issues of our day.”
“I was very pleased with his com
ments at the end on the moral role of
the University,” said Jonathan Howes,
special assistant to the chancellor.
“Those would have been easy to leave
out, but he addressed them and
addressed them in a forceful way.”
Moeser spoke on such issues as capi
tal punishment, racism and discrimina
tion based on sexual orientation.
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said he was pleased that the
chancellor spoke about UNC’s nondis
“It was just one sentence, but the fact
that it was mentioned shows we’re mov
ing toward a climate where issues of sex
ual orientation can be openly dis
cussed,” he said.
Kleysteuber also lauded the attention
the chancellor’s speech paid to the
importance of service on campus.
Moeser specifically praised the APPLES
“I was very pleased with his focus on
service,” Kleysteuber said. “It wasn’t
something I was expecting.”
But some said they wished Moeser
had given more in-depth attention to
“He mentioned how the University
was leading the South and embracing
diversity, but I wish he’d said more
about how he wants to alleviate these
problems if he sees them as problems,”
said Carmen Scott, the Black Student
Movement’s executive assistant.
“He mentioned sticking to your con
victions, and if his conviction is to create
a diverse culture, I wish he’d follow
through with it”
Sue Estroff, Faculty Council chair
woman, said she also wishes the chan
cellor had been more explicit about
these issues. “I would have liked to have
heard more about the race talk,” she
said. “But the good part is this starts con
Moeser addressed many issues,
including research, the Carolina First
fund-raising campaign, a pending state
budget crisis and UNC’s Development
Plan, an eight-year oudine of campus
Moeser addresses a crowd of University faculty, administrators, staff and
students about his plans for the Carolina First fund-raising campaign.
Estroff said she admired the way the
chancellor was able to move between
concrete issues and abstract concepts.
“I think this is a snapshot of his char
acter - someone who can go from the
ins and outs of the capital campaign to
the morals of what’s right and good,”
she said. “He can keep his feet in both
places. That’s why he’s chancellor.”
In addition to touching on the lead
ership role of the University, the chan
cellor outlined the goal and challenges
facing UNC, one of which included the
Development Plan and the school’s rela
tionship with the town of Chapel Hill.
Moeser expressed concern about
additional stipulations proposed by the
town that he said could place an unfair
burden on the University. “I was espe
cially interested in his comments on the
town-gown (relations) and the develop
ment plan,” Howes said. “I thought he
was very straightforward in our dealings
without being heavy-handed.”
Moeser also discussed the academic
goals of the University, finking them to
other aspects such as fund raising and
“I liked the way he tied the academ
ic and financial concerns together,” said
Provost Robert Shelton. “I thought the
content was very substantial, and the
delivery was superb. And I’m not just
saying that because he’s my boss."
Shelton added that Moeser’s method
of threading different topics enabled
him to acknowledge the concerns of all
the different groups on campus.
But some students felt their concerns
were not adequately addressed.
“I’d like to see him talk more about
the student experience," said Student
Body President Justin Young.
“He would touch the brim, the cusp
of student experience, but it was in rela
tion to these bigger plans.”
Senior Erica Lee, a member of BSM,
said Moeser focused more on faculty
than students. “He talked a lot about
fund raising, which I’ve heard he’s good
at, but where are the funds going?” Lee
said. “Not to academic advising. I don’t
feel he’s listening to student concerns.”
Lee said Moeser could improve his
communication with students by actual
ly going to the students.
She mentioned former Chancellor
Michael Hooker as an example.
“I’d like to see him out more, not just
shaking hands at fund-raisers,” she said.
Young said in earlier interviews that
he would have liked Moeser to address
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