For the first time in 224 years, UNC’s top leadership role will likely be held by a woman.
According to three sources familiar with the chancellor search, UNC-system President Thomas Ross will nominate Carol Folt, the interim president at Dartmouth College, for the chancellor position today.
The UNC Board of Governors will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. at the Spangler Center to vote whether or not to approve Folt as the University’s 11th chancellor.
Folt assumed the role of interim president after Dartmouth’s former president Jim Yong Kim left the college to serve as president of the World Bank. She has served as interim president since July 2012.
But Folt declined to include her name in the search process for the college’s permanent president when she accepted the interim position.
Though he would not disclose Folt’s name, Chancellor Holden Thorp said in an interview Thursday afternoon that the candidate was well-known and a distinguished leader.
“It’s somebody that I didn’t know very well until the process, but since I’ve gotten to meet that person I’ve been really impressed, and think they have a great reputation around the country,” Thorp said.
Folt was one of three candidates presented to Ross by the 21-member chancellor search committee that has been working since October. Regarding Ross’s decision, Thorp said he had good options.
“I don’t think he could have gone wrong,” Thorp said.
If approved, Folt will lead a significantly different institution than Dartmouth when she assumes the role on July 1. Dartmouth is a private, Ivy League college with just more than 6,000 students while UNC is a public university with nearly 30,000 students.