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UNC system hires president search head at $15K per month

August 2, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The search for a new president of North Carolina’s public universities is getting direction from the woman who formerly headed how elections are organized, operated and protected.

The University of North Carolina said Friday it hired former state elections director Kim Strach. Spokesman Jason Tyson said she’ll be paid $15,000 a month. That’s more than Strach was paid before being forced out as elections director in May in a political shakeup.

Tyson said he didn’t know if the university’s governing board will also hire a consulting firm to identify and recruit candidates.

Former UNC health care network head William Roper has been the system’s interim head since January. He previously ducked questions about whether he wanted the job permanently.

Roper took over after former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings quit.

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