After announcing her resignation and authorizing the removal of Silent Sam’s base and plaques on Monday, Chancellor Folt said in a media conference call on Tuesday that she made the two decisions separately.
“This really was a decision I was making about my next step and the proper timing of that for the University, and when I think about the momentum and what we’ve accomplished, we’re in great shape to hire the next chancellor, and so that was really the focus of my decision,” Folt said.
Folt said while timing brought the Silent Sam issue and her resignation together, it was not her reason for resigning. Folt also responded to the criticism some make that she only decided to remove the base and plaques after exhausting her other options.
“There’s a significant difference between what action I’ve been able to take recently and what I’ve been trying to take all along,” she said. “You’ll probably remember that from the very start, more than a year ago, I started saying that for public safety, I would remove the statue. That’s been my position all along.”
Folt said the base and tablets will be preserved until their future is decided. The reasoning for removing them, she said, was due to the safety risk they posed.