The Moeser Years: A Timeline
April ■ UNC System Board of Governors
approves Moeser’s appointment.
October ■ Moeser is installed on University
Day as Carolina’s ninth chancellor.
November ■ N.C. voters approve the Higher
Education Bond referendum. ■ Football
Coach Carl Torbush is dismissed.
December ■ John Bunting ’ 72 is hired to
replace Torbush. ■ Women’s soccer team
wins national championship.
February ■ Construction begins on the Medical Biomolecular Research Building, first
major project under the Higher Education
Bond referendum. ■ Moeser announces a
$245 million public-private investment in a
campuswide genome sciences initiative over
the next decade.
September ■ Moeser discusses UNC’s major
challenges for the years ahead in UNC’s first
State of the University speech. ■ More than
10,000 people gather in Polk Place on the
day after the Sept. 11 attacks.
November ■ The University celebrates
50 years of African-American student enrollment. ■ Moeser heads a fact-finding tour to
Qatar in the Middle East — 51 faculty, admin-
istrators and trustees go.
December ■ Men’s soccer team wins
February ■ Moeser says “Carolina will not
move forward” with the Qatar proposal.
July ■ The Office of Undergraduate Admissions office drops the practice of binding
early decision. ■ Moeser decides to close
Horace Williams Airport.
August ■ In its fourth year, the summer reading program makes national
headlines with its selection:
Approaching the Qur’án:
The Early Revelations by
October ■ The Carolina First
Campaign officially begins
with a goal of $1.8 billion.
November ■ Moeser
decides to pay departing
General Counsel Susan
Ehringhaus ’ 66 for the
next two years.
December ■ Moeser apologizes for Ehringhaus decision.
April ■ Basketball Coach Matt Doherty ’ 84 is
forced to resign. ■ Roy Williams ’ 72 is hired to
October ■ Carolina Covenant is launched.
December ■ Women’s soccer team wins
January ■ Moeser declines a potential bonus
of as much as $30,000 offered by UNC System President Molly Broad, citing a need to
“stand with the troops” during tough financial times.
March ■ Moeser calls for
full airing of the Cornelia
Phillips Spencer controversy.
April ■ UNC breaks ground
for the first phase of the
Carolina Physical Science
August ■ Moeser says “no
way” West House, a small
building built as a private
student residence in 1935,
can stand in the way of the
new Arts Common.
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Campaign started two days after Hooker
died in July 1999. Kupec, whose office had
been on Franklin Street, soon was sharing a
wall with the chancellor. The campaign
boosted professorships, scholarships, special
academic programs and the laying of
bricks, and it included a couple of gifts
whose size made national news. Three
months before the drive was to conclude,
Moeser announced he would be leaving.
“I think the way we talk about [being
the leading public university] today is different from the way we talked about it six
years ago in the sense that it’s much more
of a perceived potentiality and even reality
than it was,” he said.
“So the campaign had a tremendous
positive dynamic on our own self-understanding as a university.”
Controversy, and the ‘North’ question
There was a brief period early on in
which editorialists wondered whether
Moeser was up to this. Overall his cruise
went pretty smoothly, with a handful of
■ In fall 2002, Moeser agreed to pay
Susan Ehringhaus ’ 66, the University’s
longtime general counsel, her $188,321
salary plus $40,000 in travel expenses for
20 months while she worked on research
in Washington, D.C., for eight months
with a planned return to UNC to teach in
The Carolina First Campaign boosted
special academic programs and the
laying of bricks, and it included
a couple of gifts whose size
made national news.
the law school for a year. Taxpayers howled
along with the UNC System president and
the chair of its Board of Governors. He
then arranged to make the payment with
funds from a private foundation, saying, “I
realize that I have some fence-mending to
do in my relationships with faculty, staff
and students at Carolina, and, indeed, with
the people of the state.” Recently he said,
“In most cases, the lessons I guess I’ve
learned over many, many years of doing
this kind of job … is that I take longer to
make a decision and I listen to more people before I make a decision, and in those
cases where I erred, if I’d taken a little
more counsel, perhaps I might have
avoided a mistake.” Ehringhaus took a
position with the Association of American
Medical Colleges and did not return to
the law school.
■ Fifty-one faculty, administrators and
trustees took a fact-finding trip in 2001 to