Joe Killian

Joe Killian

Investigative Reporter Joe Killian's work examines government, politics and policy, with a special emphasis on higher education, LGBTQ issues and extremism.

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Trust, rumors and tough decisions as UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor weighs MSU presidency

By: - December 5, 2023

In the nearly three weeks since UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz confirmed he is weighing taking the presidency at Michigan State University, he has not officially resigned his position, saying only that he is still considering his next move. Meanwhile, trustees, faculty members, students and even legislators have urged him to either continue leading UNC […]

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PrEP has revolutionized the war on HIV — but barriers to access remain

By: - December 1, 2023

[This story, which we feature today on World AIDS Day, is part of ongoing work on LGBTQ+ healthcare in North Carolina, written by Joe Killian. It was conceived and written through a partnership between NC Newsline and Qnotes Carolinas.] As a 40-year-old gay man, Trevor Hoppe still remembers a time when sex was inextricably linked […]

Dr. Kimblerly van Noort

UNC System Board of Governors elects next chancellor of UNC-Asheville

By: - November 29, 2023

Kimberly van Noort was elected the ninth chancellor of UNC-Asheville Wednesday, by unanimous vote of the UNC System Board of Governors. She will begin the new role Jan. 1 with an annual base salary of $300,000. Additional incentive compensation based on performance markers could raise her earnings to twice that amount. UNC System President Peter […]

An aerial view of the campus of UNC-Asheville.

UNC System Board of Governors to choose new UNC-Asheville chancellor in special meeting

By: - November 28, 2023

The UNC System Board of Governors will meet in a special virtual session Wednesday to approve a new chancellor for UNC-Asheville. The board’s Committee on University Personnel will meet in closed session at 10:30 a.m. followed by a meeting of the full board at 11 a.m. Both meetings will be livestreamed through the PBS North […]

Monday numbers: UNC-Wilmington’s $4.1 million penalty

By: - November 20, 2023

The UNC System Board of Governors voted last week to fine UNC-Wilmington $4.1 million for exceeding its out-of-state student enrollment cap two years in a row. The penalty is the largest since 1986, when the system implemented the cap to ensure campuses in the 16-university system would prioritize North Carolinians in enrollment. Now the Board […]

Faculty members surprised, concerned as UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor weighs exit

By: - November 17, 2023

Members of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty were blindsided by this week’s revelation that Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz is weighing leaving the university to become president of Michigan State University. As faculty members, staff, students and alumni await his decision, they are anticipating a difficult and politically fraught search process for Carolina’s next leader. “This came as […]

A committee of the UNC System Board of Governors met Wednesday to discuss the return on investment report. (Photo: Joe Killian)

New study looks at “return on investment” of a UNC System education

By: - November 16, 2023

A controversial report on the “return on investment” of a UNC System education is on its way to the North Carolina General Assembly, which required the system to study the issue two years ago. Key findings from the 80-page report, discussed Wednesday by the UNC System Board of Governors: North Carolinians who receive bachelor’s degrees […]

Kevin Guskiewicz

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor “weighing” presidency at Michigan State

By: and - November 16, 2023

This is a developing story. Kevin Guskiewicz could soon be the latest UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor to leave the university for a job in another state. Guskiewicz, who’s served as chancellor in Chapel Hill since early 2019, said in a statement released today by the school that he is “weighing” the opportunity to become president of […]

North Carolina cities and towns score high in LGBTQ equality, despite state laws

By: - November 15, 2023

Despite a legislative session that featured several broad assaults on LGBTQ people, their visibility and their allies, most North Carolina cities and towns scored high for LGBTQ equality measures in a new study from The Human Rights Campaign. The national LGBTQ advocacy organization released its annual Municipal Equality Index this week, scoring more than 500 cities […]

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Trans patients and their doctors struggle with confusion, fear under healthcare bans

By: - November 10, 2023

[This story is part of ongoing work on LGBTQ+ healthcare in North Carolina, written by Joe Killian. It was conceived and written through a partnership between NC Newsline and Qnotes Carolinas. Due to concerns regarding threats of violence, Newsline agreed to identify some sources in this story by their first names only.] When Sage, a […]

A graph illustrating the percentage of university and college students who are parents by type of institution.

NC lawmaker proposes U.S. House bill to help college students with children graduate

By: - November 9, 2023

Nearly a quarter of undergraduate university and college students are parents, but as they struggle to balance academic and family responsibilities, they are graduating at dramatically lower rates than students without children. U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02) and U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07) are looking to change that with a bill filed Thursday, part of […]

Members of the chancellor search advisory committee are seated around a table

Search process begins for new chancellor at N.C. A&T

By: - November 8, 2023

UNC System President Peter Hans made the mission clear Monday at the first meeting of the search advisory committee charged with finding the next chancellor of N.C. A&T. “We’re not here to fill Chancellor Harold Martin’s shoes,” Hans told the 13-member committee in its meeting at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. “That’s just not […]