Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO), UNC School of Medicine & UNC Health Care
Andy Willis is the Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) for UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine. Mr. Willis previously served as the Chief of Staff for UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine. As CEAO, Mr. Willis is utilizing his years of public sector experience to assist Dr. Wesley Burks and other senior administrators in the design and implementation of collaborative projects with numerous public and private partners around the state. Mr. Willis has management responsibility over the following units: Communications, Marketing/Branding, Consumer Insights and Community Affairs; Federal, State, and Local Governmental Affairs; University Relations; UNC Health Care System Board of Directors; UNC Health Foundation – philanthropy; and the strategic/policy initiatives of the Dean and CEO. He is one of the ten senior leaders serving on the CEO/Dean’s Executive Council.
Mr. Willis has over 25 years of experience in government and higher education in North Carolina. He began his career in Pamlico County government, followed by time in the North Carolina General Assembly as a senior budget policy and fiscal analyst for the Fiscal Research Division. For four years, he was Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs at N.C. State University, his alma mater, before being named by UNC President Erskine Bowles as the University of North Carolina’s Vice President for Government Relations. Mr. Willis returned to state government in 2009 through his appointment by Governor Beverly Perdue as Senior Advisor to the Governor for Governmental Affairs, where he represented the Governor and her cabinet in front of the state legislature and the Federal government. In 2011, Governor Perdue appointed Willis to serve as the State Budget Officer, Secretary to the Council of State, and as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. He served as the Governor’s primary fiscal advisor and as one of the three primary fiduciaries for the State of North Carolina. This included providing constitutional and statutory oversight and management of the State of North Carolina’s $50 billion budget. Upon the election of Governor Pat McCrory, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of State Budget and Management before he joined UNC Health Care in 2013.
Mr. Willis holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree from N.C. State University. He resides in Cary, North Carolina and is married to Jennifer Herrera Willis. They have two sons and one daughter.