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Update: UNC Board of Governors wants UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor gone by January 31

The UNC Board of Governors accepted UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt’s resignation Tuesday – but said they want her out of the position by the end of this month.

Folt announced her resignation abruptly Monday after tensions with the board of governors over the future of the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue. In a press conference Tuesday morning, Folt said she hoped to stay until graduation in May.

The Board of Governors has authorized interim UNC President William Roper to to appoint an interim chancellor “at such time as he deems appropriate” until a new full-time chancellor can be chosen.

UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith said in a statement Monday that the board was blindsided by Folt’s resignation and upset by her  order to remove the base of the Confederate statue, which was taken to an unnamed secure location Monday night.

While I’m disappointed by the Board of Governors’ timeline, I have truly loved my almost six years at Carolina,” Folt said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon. “Working with our students, faculty and staff has inspired me every day. It is their passion and dedication, and the generosity of our alumni and community, that drive this great University.”

“I believe that Carolina’s next chancellor will be extremely fortunate, and I will always be proud to be a Tar Heel,” Folt said in the statement.

2 Comments


  1. UNC Alum

    January 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Be careful what you wish for, UNC. The next chancellor could take a much more hardline approach that’s aligned with the Board of Governors.

  2. Woody Walker

    January 16, 2019 at 4:43 am

    The entire chain of events with Folts resignation and the board’s “outrage” concerning her removal of the Silent Sam pedestal seems well scripted. Under state law her actions were no different from those who toppled the statue in the first place and she should face the same consequences.
    It makes people question whether the board reached some monetary agreement for her to play the role of fall guy.

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