UNC’s seventh chancellor, Paul Hardin III, died on Saturday from ALS at his home in Chapel Hill. He was 86 years old.
Hardin served as chancellor from 1988 to 1995. During his tenure, he helped double the faculty diversity, according to a UNC news release.
He was in office during UNC’s Bicentennial Observance, launching a fundraising campaign that brought in $440 million in private gifts, $120 million over the original goal. He also granted President Bill Clinton an honorary degree at Kenan Stadium, celebrating the yearlong bicentennial fundraising effort.
“Dare to think big and to dream,” Hardin said in reference to the fundraising effort.
His other accomplishments include the establishment of the Employee Forum, the naming of Jackson Hall after black UNC employees and the completion of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. After stepping down from the position of chancellor in 1995, he served as a faculty member of the School of Law. In 2007, south campus dormitory Hardin Hall was named after him.