Linda Black Named Dean of UNC’s Graduate School

Linda Black

Provost and Senior Vice President Robbyn Wacker announced Wednesday, July 10, that Dr. Linda Black has been named dean of the Graduate School.

"I have great confidence that she is the right person for this role and has the leadership characteristics we need to lead graduate education at UNC," Wacker stated in an email announcing the appointment.

Black, a licensed counselor and professor in UNC's School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education since 2000, had previously served as the school's acting dean.

"I am thrilled and humbled by this appointment," she said. "I look forward to advancing collaborations among and between UNC's amazing students, faculty, staff and external communities in the areas of graduate education."

Black also has taught at Northern Illinois University, where she served as assistant professor, and in Wyoming K-12 schools. Her work experience includes therapy as a licensed counselor and in the field of community mental health.

With research interests in social privilege, oppression, mentoring and leadership, Black has published numerous articles in academic journals; earned state grants for intervention services, including for abused and neglected youth; and held positions with regional, state and national organizations, including president and executive director of the Colorado Counseling Association.

Black earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, in 1983 and 1986 respectively; a master's degree in Community Counseling from Lesley College in 1990; and a doctorate in Counseling Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from UNC in 1998.