UNC poised to name Dartmouth leader as first female chancellor
Posted April 11, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — WRAL News has learned that the interim president of Dartmouth College, Carol Folt, is expected to be named the first female chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The UNC Board of Governors will meet Friday to vote on the new chancellor.
If Folt is confirmed, she will replace Holden Thorp, who announced in September that he would step down at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Folt was appointed interim president of Dartmouth, in Hanover, N.H., in July 2012 after 30 years on the faculty there. During her tenure, she held a number of positions at the prestigious Ivy League college, including provost, dean of graduate studies and biological sciences professor.
In February, Thorp accepted the position of provost at Washington University in St. Louis, and he plans to start that job on July 1.
Thorp has headed UNC-Chapel Hill since 2008. His tenure has been marked by scandal, including an NCAA investigation of the Tar Heel football program and internal probes of possible academic fraud in one department and questionable travel expenses by the school's top fundraiser.
But the UNC Board of Trustees "emphatically" urged him to reconsider his resignation, saying in a September statement that "Carolina is better today because of him."