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June 2008

The search is over

Dr. Linda P. Brady, who is senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon and a former dean at NC State, will become our campus' 10th chancellor Aug. 1.

“This is one of the very best jobs in American higher education,” Brady said at a press conference in the Gatewood Building June 12, the day of her appointment. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and indeed humbled by the trust and confidence that has been placed in me. I shall not let you down.”

UNCG chancellor-elect Linda P. Brady, left, and Steve Hassenfelt, chair of the Board of Trustees and the chancellor search committee, sits in the background.

UNCG chancellor-elect Linda P. Brady, left, smiles before being named UNCG's 10th chancellor at the UNC General Administration Building. Steve Hassenfelt, chair of the Board of Trustees and the chancellor search committee, sits in the background.

She noted that UNCG is a special place with a unique heritage. “I am drawn to its roots as a woman's college — a college that has undergone a major transformation to a top-tier co-educational institution, serving a diverse student population, including first-generation students. I am drawn to an institution in which its faculty call themselves ‘teacher-scholars,’ a place where teaching and research, learning and discovery are intertwined.”

Brady, whose father emigrated from Scotland in 1928, was the first in her family to attend college. She covered the $200 tuition at Douglass College, the women's division of Rutgers University, through a scholarship, federal loans and working as a waitress in the dining hall. The day she graduated was one of the proudest in her parents' lives.

“My parents believed in the power of education to open doors,” she said. “Education changed my life. It continues to change the lives of students at UNCG … We must ensure that these opportunities are available to future generations of North Carolinians.”

Brady was elected chancellor unanimously by the UNC Board of Governors.

In recommending Brady to the board, President Bowles said, “Over the past 25 years, Linda Brady has accumulated a wealth of leadership experience at highly respected public, urban universities, as well as in the halls of Washington. At each step along the way, she has proven herself to be an energetic leader who promotes collaboration, creative problem-solving and real-life commitment to scholarship, research and public service.

“With her broad experience in higher education and federal government, her demonstrated integrity and sound judgment, and her profound understanding of the global marketplace in which our students must complete, Linda Brady will be a forceful and effective leader for UNC Greensboro. We are delighted to bring her back to North Carolina.”

A native of New York City, Brady graduated from Douglass College in 1969 with a degree in political science. She received a master's degree in the field from Rutgers in 1970 and a doctorate in political science from Ohio State University in 1974.

From 1978 to 1985, Brady held several positions in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. Among other roles, she served as a political analyst in the State Department's Office of Disarmament and Arms Control and as special assistant for mutual and balanced force reductions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She later served as a senior fellow in international security and arms control at the Carter Center of Emory University (1986-87) and as a distinguished professor of national security at the U.S. Military Academy (1991-92).

From 1993 to 2001, Brady led the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was also a professor of international affairs. She joined NC State in 2001 as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science. She left North Carolina in 2006 to become the chief academic and operating officer at the University of Oregon.

Brady is married to Gustav “Steve” Heyer, a retired Army officer. She has two adult stepsons and three grandchildren: Stephen Heyer and his wife, Suzanne, live in Richmond, Va., with their children Alex, Megan and Andrew Casey, while Michael Heyer lives in Chicago.

Read the full text of Brady's acceptance remarks.





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