CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP/KDKA) — North Carolina’s flagship public university has a new chancellor.

Kevin Guskiewicz was named full-time chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friday after having served as interim chancellor since February.

Guskiewicz was born and raised in Latrobe and earned a M.S. in exercise physiology & athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh.

Guskiewicz had served as served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Guskiewicz holds advance degrees including a Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

He has served on the university’s faculty since 1995.

“I am humbled and honored to be named the 12th chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” said Chancellor Guskiewicz in a statement. “Carolina has been my home for almost 25 years, and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve every member of our community.”

He takes over the top spot at the university as its statewide governing board faces criticism over a settlement allowing a Confederate heritage group to take a toppled statue that includes university system money for its upkeep.

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