James Moeser, chancellor emeritus and professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on Aug. 1, the UNC system announced Thursday.
Moeser, who led UNC-Chapel Hill from 2000-2008, will succeed John Mauceri, who last fall announced that he would step down as chancellor on June 30 after seven years in the post. UNCSA Provost David Nelson will serve as acting chancellor from July 1 until Moeser's arrival.
"James Moeser's vast administrative experience and his demonstrated love of and commitment to the arts and humanities make him uniquely qualified to lead the School of the Arts during a time of transition," UNC system president Tom Ross said. "He understands the many challenges and opportunities before this very special campus of the University, and I am grateful that he has agreed to accept this important assignment. UNCSA will be in very capable hands during this interim period."
A native of Lubbock, Tex., Moeser earned a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and a master's of music in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, completed advanced study in Berlin and Paris as a Fulbright scholar, and holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan.
Moeser became chancellor of
UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000.
Since leaving the chancellor's office, Moeser has remained active on Carolina's campus. He co-teaches a first-year seminar in the Department of Music and leads a Faculty Learning Community on Leadership and Strategy for faculty members who have significant institutional leadership assignments. His many honors include the American Council on Education's Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Duke University.