Hospital CEO to serve as interim UNC system president

November 1, 2018 GMT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The chief executive officer of UNC Health Care is stepping in as the interim president of the University of North Carolina system.

Officials said in a news release Thursday that Dr. William Roper has been named interim president of the system, effective Jan. 1. He takes over from Margaret Spellings, who last week announced her resignation.

In addition to being CEO of UNC Health Care, the 70-year-old Roper is dean of the UNC School of Medicine and a vice chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Roper held leadership positions in the White House for both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Spellings was education secretary from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush.