Professor Joseph Ferrell, the second longest-serving secretary of the faculty in the history of Carolina, will leave that office upon the expiration of his current five-year term on June 30, 2016. He has served as secretary of the faculty since July 1, 1996. Ferrell received his undergraduate and law degrees from Carolina and a master of laws degree from Yale. He joined the Carolina faculty on June 1, 1964.
In his capacity as secretary of the faculty, Ferrell has served as a member of the Faculty Council, the Faculty Executive Committee, the Faculty Nominating Committee, the Committee on University Government, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, the Commencement Committee, the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, and the University Day Committee.
Under Ferrell’s leadership, the Office of Faculty Governance has overseen a number of changes from strengthening its digital presence to modernizing elections. Ferrell also oversaw a reorganization in the Office’s staffing that brought Anne Whisnant, deputy secretary of the faculty, and Katie Turner, faculty programs specialist, on board.
To read more about Professor Ferrell’s retirement, click here for a recent interview in The Daily Tar Heel.