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Molly Corbett Broad

ORG University of North Carolina, General Adminstration Title President BIO Molly Corbett Broad has served as President of the 16-campus University of North Carolina since July 1997. The oldest public university in America, the University enrolls 163,000 students and encompasses all of the state's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, along with affiliated enterprises that advance the mission of the University, including the 11-station UNC Center for Public Television, the UNC Health Care System, the NC Arboretum, and the NC School of Science and Mathematics. As UNC's chief executive officer, she is responsible for managing the affairs and executing the policies of the University and for representing the University to the NC General Assembly, state officials, the federal government, and other key University constituencies.
An economist, Broad came to UNC from the California State University system, where she had served as senior vice chancellor for administration and finance from 1992 to 1993, and as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer from 1993 until her election as UNC President. Earlier in her career, Broad had served as the chief executive officer for Arizona's three-campus university system (1985-92) and in a succession of administrative posts at Syracuse University (1971-85), where she was manager of the Office of Budget and Planning, Director of Institutional Research, and Vice President for Government and Corporate Relations. In 1976, she took a one-year leave of absence to serve as deputy director of the New York State Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education, a blue-ribbon panel charged with evaluating the organizational structure and financing of the state's two public university systems.
A native Pennsylvanian and the daughter of two public school teachers, Broad earned a General Motors Scholarship to Syracuse University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1962 with a baccalaureate degree in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She holds a master's degree in the field from Ohio State University.
Active in an array of professional and civic organizations, Broad has written and spoken widely on strategic planning for higher education, emerging technologies, and K-16 partnerships. She currently serves as president for the International Council for Distance Education and chairs the Internet2 Board of Trustees. She holds seats on the boards (and executive committees) of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the National Council on Competitiveness, the Micro-Electronic Center of North Carolina (MCNC). She also serves on the boards of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the American Council on Education (chairing the Finance and Nominating committees), the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges (where she has been named 2001 chair of the Commission on Information Technologies), the Triangle United Way (where she served as chair of the 2000 Campaign) and the National Humanities Center. She is the State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) and sits on advisory boards of the Mellon Foundation, the Association of Governing Boards Presidents' Council, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Service. She serves on the Parsons Corporation Board of Directors.
Broad and her husband, Robert W. Broad, have two adult sons.