Brady Selected as New Chancellor at UNCG
Dr. Linda P. Brady, who is senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon, will be the 10th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, when she assumes her new duties Aug. 1.
Brady was elected chancellor of the institution by the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Erskine Bowles placed Brady's name in nomination during a special meeting of the board. Brady, 60, succeeds Patricia A. Sullivan, UNCG's first woman chancellor, who announced last December that she would retire on July 31 after almost 14 years in the post.
In recommending Brady to the Board of Governors, 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.
"She is no stranger to North Carolina or this university -- having served for five years as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University -- so we consider this a homecoming of sorts. 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 compete, Linda Brady will be a forceful and effective leader for UNC Greensboro. We are delighted to bring her back to North Carolina."
One of only 62 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, the University of Oregon is a public university that enrolls more than 20,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It attracts more than $86 million annually for research and sponsored programs and offers programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert D. Clark Honors College, as well as professional programs in architecture and allied arts, business, education, journalism, law, and music and dance.
As senior vice president and provost, Brady is the university's chief academic and operating officer. In that role, she has been responsible for all aspects of UO's academic mission, including academic affairs, research and graduate studies, student affairs, institutional equity and diversity, international affairs, finance and administration, and information services.
A native of New York City and the first member of her family to attend college, Brady graduated from Douglass College, the women's division of Rutgers University, in 1969 with a degree in political science.
She received a master's degree in the field from Rutgers (1970) and a doctorate in political science from Ohio State University (1974). She began her academic career as an assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in 1973 and joined the faculty at Goucher College in Maryland three years later.
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 North Carolina State University in 2001 as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science, and over the next five years was credited with building the stature and visibility of the College, launching a number of new graduate degree programs, and significantly increasing external support for the humanities and social sciences at N.C. State. She left North Carolina in 2006 to become the chief academic and operating officer at the University of Oregon.
Brady has authored or co-edited three books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in the fields of American foreign policy, international negotiation, and arms control. Among other professional organizations, she is a member of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. A past recipient of the Georgia Tech School of Social Sciences Teaching Award, she has earned the Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State and is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army. She was an American Council on Education Fellow in 1997-98, serving her fellowship year at the University of Iowa under the mentorship of President Mary Sue Coleman and provost Jon Whitmore.
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, Ill.
Founded in 1891, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a diverse, student-centered research university, linking the Triad and North Carolina to the world through learning, discovery and service. The university is organized into a College of Arts & Sciences and six professional schools, with more than 1,000 faculty members teaching in programs that offer 86 undergraduate, 56 master's and 25 doctoral degrees.
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