Moeser to step down

James Moeser will step down as chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Moeser, 68, made the announcement at an annual speech Wednesday, saying he would return to teaching after a term in which he raised $2.2 billion, established a nationally recognized financial aid program and stood firm on academic freedom.

"This university in on an incredible roll," he said.

Over the last eight years, Moeser has overseen a $2 billion construction boom, a rise in the number of research grants and a new emphasis on sciences such as genomics and nanotechnology.

He's also won approval from trustees for the 50-year buildout of Carolina North, a new research campus.

His retirement is effective June 30. (N&O

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