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Kim Strom-Gottfried to serve in new University leadership role

Dr. Kim Strom-Gottfried has agreed to serve as UNC-Chapel Hill’s director of ethics education and policy management, effective Aug. 1.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt welcomed Strom-Gottfried, the School of Social Work’s Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice, to her new role in a University announcement on July 21.

“In this cabinet-level position, Dr. Strom-Gottfried will serve as the University’s leader for policy management practices and coordination of our ethics and integrity efforts, allowing Carolina to continually implement best practices across campus,” Folt said. “Her skills and experience are an excellent match for this important role.”

Strom-Gottfried succeeds Todd Nicolet, who has served as the interim director of ethics and integrity for the past five months, during which time he developed “a strong foundation for this new office and a wonderful network across campus,” Folt said.
This new position was created on the joint recommendation of two working groups: Ethics and Integrity, and Policy and Procedure, which were commissioned after the release of the Wainstein Report in 2014.

According to the University’s announcement, Strom-Gottfried will focus on coordinating ethics programs and reporting mechanisms, along with overseeing management of the University’s policy infrastructure. In addition, she will serve as an advocate for ethics resources and programs, helping identify, coordinate and promote ethics-related opportunities across campus.

“Carolina has afforded me so many great opportunities over the past 17 years,” Strom-Gottfried said. “I’m excited to serve in this new role and also continue my ties to the School of Social Work.”

Strom-Gottfriend, who arrived at Carolina in 1999, has held several roles within the School of Social Work, including as interim dean from 2000 to 2001. She was also the director of the Academic Leadership Program for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2008 to June 2016.

Strom-Gottfried earned her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maine.