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Thornton will be interim vice chancellor for university relations

Photo of James ThorntonActing Chancellor Dana Dunn has announced an interim leader of University Relations:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to introduce James (Jim) Thornton, who will fill the position of Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations effective May 1.

Jim will serve a six-month term, relieving Jan Zink, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, who has served in this role in an acting capacity since February.

Jim has extensive experience in public and private higher education, including serving as Interim Vice President for College Advancement at Hartwick College (New York) and as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Communications at Urbana University. He also has held senior leadership positions at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Dayton Art Institute.

Please join me in welcoming Jim to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and in thanking Jan for temporarily adding University Relations to her position as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

Dr. Dana Dunn
Acting Chancellor


Additional biographical information:

  • Thornton managed and directed more than twenty successful capital fund campaigns in a variety of nonprofit settings, including Ashland University, the University of Georgia System, the University of Rio Grande, Kent State University, the Ohio State University and West Virginia University Medical System.
  • He has conducted numerous campaign planning studies, institutional development assessments, board development and strategic planning assignments.
  • He has won multiple national and regional awards and citations for excellence in public relations, educational service, and fund raising, and served as a founding board member of The Development Exchange and the American Public Radio Network.
  • He has served on boards and professional committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, the Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education and the Ohio Arts Council.
  • He earned his bachelor’s degree, majoring in English, from Doane College, and served as adjunct professor of broadcasting at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music.