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Molly Corbett Broad

Molly Corbett Broad
Born 1941
Nationality American
Alma mater Syracuse University
Ohio State University
Occupation Educator
Known for 3rd President of the University of North Carolina System
Term 1997-2006
Predecessor Clemmie Spangler
Successor Erskine Boyce Bowles
Religion Roman Catholic Church
Spouse(s) Robert W. Broad

Molly Corbett Broad (born 1941) is the current president of the American Council on Education and the former president of the University of North Carolina.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career in university administration 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Broad was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of two public school teachers. She earned a General Motors Scholarship to Syracuse University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta[1] and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1962 with a baccalaureate degree in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She received a Masters degree in economics from Ohio State University.

Career in university administration

Broad started her career at Syracuse University; from 1971 to 1985, she served as Manager of the Office of Budget and Planning, Director of Institutional Research, and Vice President for Government and Corporate Relations. In 1976, she served the Director of the New York State Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education.

From 1985 to 1992, Broad served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Arizona University System. She then moved to the California State University System, serving as Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance from 1992 to 1993, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 1997.

Broad served as the President of the University of North Carolina system from 1997 to 2006, and was named President of the American Council on Education on January 15, 2008. Ms. Broad, who succeeded David Ward on May 1, 2008, became the first woman to lead the organization since it was founded, in 1918.

Personal life

Broad is married to Robert W. Broad, and has two adult sons.


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External links

  • University of North Carolina biography
  • "Tar Heel of the Year" profile
  • The Inaugural Address as Fifteenth President of the University of North Carolina
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