Meet our Senior Staff

  • Interim Chancellor

    Joseph Urgo has served as UNC Asheville’s Provost since 2014. This semester, Provost Urgo is serving as Interim Chancellor while the University conducts a search for a successor to Chancellor Mary Grant. While Chancellor Urgo serves in this capacity, Dr... Read More
  • Acting Provost

    Karin Peterson has been with UNC Asheville since 1999, serving as department chair since 2012 and playing a prominent role in numerous campus projects and service assignments. She has also served on the Committee of Tenured Faculty, Post Tenure Review,... Read More
  • Chief of Staff

    Shannon Earle joined the Chancellor’s Office as Chief of Staff in June of 2016, having previously served as Assistant Provost of Admissions and Financial Aid since 2011. In her former role, Earle oversaw enrollment and financial aid services for all new... Read More
  • Senior Administrator for University Enterprises & Athletics Director

    Janet R. Cone, who has served as UNC Asheville's Director of Athletics since 2004, is the only woman currently serving on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee that selects and seeds the teams for March Madness. She was one of just 28 Directors... Read More
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    Bill Haggard joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in July 2006. Dr. Haggard came to UNC Asheville from Western Carolina University, where he had served for nine years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and for five... Read More
  • Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance

    John G. Pierce joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance in August 2008. Pierce has 30 years of chief financial officer experience.  Since being at UNC Asheville, John has been instrumental in the acquisition of over... Read More
  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Communication & Marketing

    Sarah Broberg has 20 years of experience providing strategic corporate consultancy services to clients in the United States and across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the Gulf region. Her award-winning approach to corporate communications... Read More
  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor

    Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History,... Read More
  • General Counsel

    Clifton Williams was appointed General Counsel in March 2017. He joined UNC Asheville in 2014 as Assistant General Counsel, and in 2016 took on the role of Interim General Counsel.  Clifton can often be found guest lecturing in classrooms, and... Read More
  • Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

    Carla Willis joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement in August 2016.  Willis has an impressive track record of success in higher education advancement. Willis served as vice president for institutional advancement and... Read More