UND has named Rob Carolin as President Andrew Armacost’s new chief of staff.
Carolin, longtime director of alumni and public relations at UND’s law school, will be joining Armacost’s executive staff.
As chief of staff, Carolin will be a "key adviser to the president, providing counsel on strategic and operational issues." The chief of staff also manages and directs day-to-day operations of the president's office, leads strategic planning efforts, manages projects and coordinates with the other members of the university’s executive council.
“In his years of service to UND, Rob has been known for his ability to create meaningful relationships, to catalyze efforts to achieve our institutional mission and to think strategically about our future,” Armacost said in a statement. “Those characteristics — along with many others — make Rob the perfect person to serve in this role as strategic adviser, planner and doer.”
The chief of staff position has been vacant since before Armacost took office in June.
“I love UND, and I'm truly honored and grateful to have this opportunity to serve the university in the chief of staff role,” Carolin said. “I look forward to working with President Armacost and others in implementing his vision to keep moving UND forward.”
After functioning without a chief of staff for the first several months of his presidency, Armacost deemed the position as “essential” and decided the university needed to hire for the position, Armacost told the Herald in November.
Carolin has worked at UND throughout his professional career, starting his career in UND’s enrollment services in 1989, and holds two degrees from the university.
Carolin joined the UND Foundation staff in 2001, working as a development officer focused on planned giving, and later became the development officer assigned to the law school. In 2005, Carolin joined the law school staff as director of alumni and public relations, a position he has held since.
His start date as chief of staff is being coordinated with the law school to ensure a smooth transition of duties, according to UND.