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CHAPEL HILL, NC – University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has announced that Dr. David English has been named as vice president for Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research for the UNC System. His first day in this new role will be May 1.

English has served as the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) since 2016.  In that role, he reports directly to the chancellor and is the senior executive responsible for day-to-day campus operations. English is also the chief academic officer and is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in all areas related to teaching and student learning. He previously served as UNCSA’s vice provost and dean of Academic Affairs from 2013 – 2016 and as associate provost from 2010 – 2013.

He worked previously at the UNC System Office from 2006 – 2010, most recently as director of the statewide college access program College Foundation of North Carolina. During that time, he also served as a member of the North Carolina Transfer Advisory Committee and the North Carolina ACT state representative. He began his career as an assistant director of Admissions at Appalachian State University.

“We are absolutely thrilled that David will be re-joining the System Office after nine successful years at UNC School of the Arts,” said Kimberly van Noort, UNC System senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer. “David has been a strong leader at UNCSA and will bring a unique set of skills to our academic programs upon his return.”

English is a professor in the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA, teaching courses in sociology and education policy. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at North Carolina State University in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, where he teaches courses in the Higher Education program. His scholarship focuses on the role of higher education in American society, particularly on issues of policy and management of higher education and on college access and success.

English was a member of Leadership North Carolina Class XXI and was selected as the Appalachian State University Young Alumni Award Recipient in 2018. Previously, he was selected as a fellow of the Association for Institutional Research National Data Policy Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics.

English earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University, his MA in Higher Education Administration, his BS in Industrial Technology, and his BSBA in Management and Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University.