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Molly Broad
CEO of NC Public Institutions
University of North Carolina

A native of Pennsylvania, Molly Corbett Broad is a 1962 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in economics. She holds a master's degree in the same field from Ohio State University and has completed all coursework toward a doctorate from Syracuse.

Early in her career, Broad worked as a budget analyst and research associate at Ohio State University. In 1971 she joined the staff of Syracuse University, where she served until 1985 in a variety of positions, including director of Institutional Research and vice-president for Government and Corporate Relations. During the years she held the post of vice-president, corporate and foundation gifts to the university tripled, while state and federal support experienced dramatic growth. In 1976 she took a leave of absence to serve as deputy director of the New York State Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education, a blue-ribbon panel charged with evaluating the organizational structure and financing of the state's university systems.

In 1985, Broad was named executive director and chief executive officer of the Arizona Board of Regents. She served as the top administrator for Arizona's three-campus university system, accomplishing major reforms in minority student recruitment and retention, strategic planning, and campus managerial flexibility. She joined the California State University system in 1992 and served as executive vice-chancellor and chief operating officer of the 23-campus university, the nation's largest senior system of higher education.

Broad was named president of the University of North Carolina in April 1997. She is the chief executive officer of all 16 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees. With an enrollment of nearly 154,000 students, UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, ten nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. Also under the University umbrella are the UNC Center for Public Television, with its ten-station statewide broadcast network, and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the nation's first public residential high school for gifted students.

Active in an array of professional and civic organizations, Broad has written and spoken widely on strategic planning for higher education and on emerging technologies. She currently serves on several boards, including the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, the International Business Education Roundtable, the Board of Visitors for the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, the Research Triangle Foundation, the Research Triangle Institute, the Economic Development Board of North Carolina, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. She also sits on the advisory boards of the Mellon Foundation, the National Technology Task Force, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the U.S.-Mexico Educational Interchange Project.

Broad is married to Robert W. Broad; they have two adult sons.

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  • A View From The Top: An Interview with UNC President Molly Broad
    // Vision, October 1998