Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for Campus Enterprises at UNC-Chapel Hill, was named director of the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, effective Feb. 7. Ives, who is also the University’s Chief Sustainability Officer, served as the interim director of the Collaboratory since its launch in summer 2016.
“Brad was instrumental in getting the Collaboratory’s structure and advisory board off the ground over the last six months,” said UNC-Chapel Hill Provost Jim Dean. “It’s been an exciting process to engage faculty in getting started on the kind of work that can help shape legislative policy in the area of natural resources management. Brad is the right leader to keep our momentum going, and I look forward to see the work the Collaboratory produces in the coming months and years.”
Created for the purpose of connecting the research expertise of Carolina faculty in environmental and related areas with state and local governments on environmental policy issues, the Collaboratory had two early assignments from the N.C. legislature: a six-year study of nutrient management strategies for North Carolina’s Jordan Lake and Falls Lake and a two-year review of aquaculture and the economics and ecology of increasing oyster harvests. An interim report on the nutrient management study was presented to the legislature in December 2016. Since then, the advisory board has approved moving forward with two new projects related to last fall’s Hurricane Matthew and another project to study wild fires in western North Carolina.
Ives said he is honored to continue to serve the Collaboratory as director. “We have the unique opportunity to be able to showcase the world-class research of Carolina faculty while working with the legislature to serve the state’s citizens on timely and critical projects like Hurricane Matthew recovery,” said Ives.