UNC-Chapel Hill Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington is leaving the university — and joining former UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt at the University of Southern California.
Washington will leave UNC at the end of this academic year, according to a message from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Blouin.
Washington will become the new vice chancellor for human resources at the University of Southern California, where Folt has been named president.
“Throughout her tenure, Felicia has been an earnest and steadfast advocate for Carolina’s students, faculty and staff, and a dedicated colleague, friend and counselor to so many beyond the two of us,” they wrote in their message. “Her impact on our campus will continue long after her departure.”
Since joining the university in 2014 Washington helped lead the university through the NCAA and Wainstein investigations in 2017; development and implementation of a new Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct; and the related resolution with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on the University’s Title IX program.
The university credits her with helping to lead the reframing of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and bringing the CEO Action Unconscious Bias Bus Tour to campus earlier this year.
This year has seen the resignations of Folt, UNC-Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp and UNC-System President, Margaret Spellings.
Both Spellings and Folt resigned after long-simmering tensions with the conservative-dominated UNC Board of Governors that exploded into occasional public conflicts.
Spellings and Folt were both replaced with white men in interim positions, leading to some concern among students, faculty and staff about diversity at the university’s highest levels. The loss of Washington, a highly accomplished black administrator, could exacerbate those concerns.