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UNC poised to name Dartmouth leader as first female chancellor

Posted April 11, 2013

— 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."

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  • See Chart Apr 12, 2:50 p.m.

    I stand corrected she is not the UNC system wide Chancellor.
    Perhaps she will put emphasis on education for a change not on
    Sports, I know not a chance brawn beats brains anyday in the
    marketplace that School sports have now become, I just want equal
    time for nerds & the Arts , guess I am in the new minority.
    Yes! I also know some brainpower is needed in Sports ,sorry bout dat.

  • GravyPig Apr 12, 2:29 p.m.

    "It's disappointing, but not particularly surprising, that the reaction to this choice is primarily smack talk and ill-informed snap judgments. Let's hope the new chancellor is wise enough not to pay any attention to the opinions of people like the ones posting their negative comments here." -
    Ken D

    You know Ken, you seem to have some of the most reasonable posts on here. Cool, calm, and level headed. Very well spoken.

  • itlsss Apr 12, 2:20 p.m.

    Her education looks heavy on California. That's what UNC really needs!

  • Relic Apr 12, 2:11 p.m.

    "ill-informed snap judgments"

    Dartmouth = Political Correctness. Not ill informed nor a snap judgement. There's such a thing as using the intardnet for legitimate research about someone or something.

  • Relic Apr 12, 2:10 p.m.

    Dartmouth????? You gotta be kidding me? Let the PC games begin.

  • podtalk Apr 12, 1:46 p.m.

    I wonder if she'll listen to Rush from 12 to 3 everyday?
    meeper
    April 12, 2013 1:26 p.m.
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    Lets hope so, better than listening to anything coming out of Washington.

  • williammjohnston Apr 12, 1:32 p.m.

    Obviously not because she is a beauty queen!

  • junkmail7276 Apr 12, 1:21 p.m.

    Transitioning from a small, private, academically-elite school like Dartmouth to a large, public, academically-challenged school like unc might prove difficult.

  • Ken D. Apr 12, 1:09 p.m.

    It's disappointing, but not particularly surprising, that the reaction to this choice is primarily smack talk and ill-informed snap judgments. Let's hope the new chancellor is wise enough not to pay any attention to the opinions of people like the ones posting their negative comments here.

  • GravyPig Apr 12, 12:48 p.m.

    ""Give her a chance she may have the qualities of a thinker and leader such as William Friday."

    Who doesn't hope so?" - raleighboy524

    Judging by your comments, you don't seem to hope so.

    People sure are negative about this whole thing. Bashing UNC, bashing her, looking for alterior motives to her coming to UNC. Why not give her the chance to show you what she's made of. Then if she fails to perform, you can talk some smack.

    She hasn't even taken the position or worked a single day and everyone seems to be ready watch her fail.

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