History of the Staff Assembly

President Erskine Bowles addressed the first meeting of the UNC Staff Assembly, October 16, 2006:

I began visiting campuses a year ago. As I met with students, faculty and staff, it never occurred to me that a Staff Assembly did not exist.  I took a leap of faith in you, the staff, when I signed the Staff Assembly charter. I want you to be candid with me and tell me what you think I need to be doing. I want your advice and your support. I’m glad the Staff Assembly was modeled after the Faculty Assembly because that model works well.  Having the ability to call Brenda Killingsworth (Chair of the Faculty Assembly) when I have questions is a big help to me.

I would like to underscore two points. First, the Staff Assembly is an organization that needs to deal with system-wide issues only, not problems on individual campuses. Second, this is an advisory group, not a decision-making body. I need your candid, strong, straightforward advice. With that, I can make better decisions. I will listen to your input because I want to make well informed decisions.

Current Chair
  • Garrett Killian (ECU) Chair 2019 – 2021
Previous Chairs
  • Dawn Brown (UNCW) Chair – 2017-2019
  • Pernell Bartlett (ECSU) Chair – 2015-2017
  • Susan Colby – (NCSU) Chair – 2013-2015
  • Charles (Chuck) Brink – (UNC-CH) Chair – 2011-2013
  • Kelley Eaves-Boykin – (UNCC) Chair – 2008-2011
  • J.C. Boykin – (NCSU) Chair – 2006-2007
  • Stevan Clifton – (UNCC) Interim Chair – 2006



We, the Staff Assembly of The University of North Carolina, represent the staff of the University, in cooperation and concert with the University Chancellors, President, and Board of Governors.

The Staff Assembly serves in parallel function with the University Faculty Assembly and the Association of Student Governments to address constructively the concerns and interests of our respective campuses and the whole University.

Our goal is to improve communications, understanding, and morale throughout the whole of our respective communities, and to increase efficiency and productivity in campus operations.

The Staff Assembly will accomplish this goal by seeking out the issues, interests, and participation of staff employees; developing considered, informed recommendations on these concerns; advocating these recommendations to administrators and staff; fostering constant, open communication between administrators and staff; and supporting the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University.


A. The Staff Assembly of The University of North Carolina shall gather and exchange information on behalf of
the staff of the constituent institutions and General Administration of The University of North Carolina.

B. The Staff Assembly shall, through appropriate channels, advise and communicate with officers of The
University, and through these officers, the Board of Governors, on matters of importance to staff members
in the University.

C. The Staff Assembly shall foster and nurture the establishment and growth of staff organizations on the
campuses of the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina.


A. The Staff Assembly shall consist of three representatives of each constituent institution and of the General Administration. Every
delegate to the Staff Assembly shall be a permanent staff member of the institution he or she represents. The manner of selection and
terms of delegates shall be specified in the Bylaws.

B. The Staff Assembly shall have a Chair and other officers who shall be chosen in such manner as specified in the Bylaws.

C. Each delegation to the Staff Assembly shall make the official minutes of the proceedings of the Staff Assembly available to, and shall
engage in appropriate ongoing communications with, the staff it represents.


A. The initial Bylaws of the Staff Assembly will be adopted by the chairs of the staff organizations of the constituent institutions. Any
amendments to the Bylaws will be adopted by the Staff Assembly.

B. The Bylaws of the Staff Assembly shall provide for regular meetings of the Staff Assembly, which may be held at various locations.

C. Special meetings of the Staff Assembly may be called by the President of The University of North Carolina, the Chair, by the Executive
Committee of the Staff Assembly, or by members of the Staff Assembly, in accordance with procedures established in the Staff
Assembly’s Bylaws.

D. Records of the activities of the Staff Assembly shall be maintained by the Staff Assembly.

E. The Staff Assembly shall be a recognized and organized body of the University. Officers and University
officials shall encourage delegates to participate fully in the responsibilities of membership in the Staff

F. The University of North Carolina shall provide the Staff Assembly with necessary secretarial assistance and
other related services and resources.

G. The University of North Carolina shall reimburse delegates for expenses incurred in attending regular
meetings of the Staff Assembly.


A. This Charter will become effective when it is approved by the President of The University of North
Carolina. The Charter shall be forwarded for implementation to the Chancellors of the constituent
institutions of the University. All constituent institutions and the General Administration are
participating institutions and shall send delegates to the Staff Assembly.

B. Any member of the Staff Assembly may introduce an amendment to this Charter, and, if approved by two-thirds
of the authorized delegates to the Staff Assembly, it shall be transmitted to the President of The
University of North Carolina for approval. An amendment shall become effective upon the approval of the
President of The University of North Carolina.