Former Chancellor Michael Hooker began a tour of the state in 1997 to help new faculty learn more about North Carolina. The last tour was held in 2008 and when Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz was appointed to his role in February, he wanted to bring the Tar Heel Bus Tour back because, as a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission.
This year’s tour began Oct. 16 when 90 faculty members and senior administrators left Chapel Hill to travel more than 1,600 miles across North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coast, with three buses traveling routes in across North Carolina in western, eastern and southeastern regions of the state.
On the tour, which ended Oct. 18, Carolina’s faculty and leaders learned more about the state they serve, the issues North Carolinians care about and the people who are working to effect change. The knowledge gained by the participants will inform the work they do every day in Carolina classrooms, offices and labs.
Written by Adrianne Gibilisco, Diversity & Inclusion