Students braved the cold to express their gratitude to Chancellor Carol Folt by writing her personal messages on letters and cards outside South Building Wednesday. Folt, who is entering her final day as chancellor, paid a visit to the students who gathered in her honor and couldn’t hold back the tears as she read the messages left for her.
Caroline Bass, a senior majoring in journalism and political science, organized the event to give students an opportunity to bid farewell to the woman who served as UNC's chancellor for nearly six years. Bass said she worked closely with Folt in a student leadership capacity through different organizations and that she believes there is a side to the Chancellor that not everyone knows.
“I think that a lot of people don’t know that she always has the best interest at heart for her students,” Bass said. “She loves this community more than anything, and despite a lot of problems that the University may face at times, I think she always has a heart for our students and always wants what’s best for them."
The UNC-system Board of Governors voted on Jan. 15 to make Folt’s resignation effective Jan. 31. For seniors, Folt's abrupt resignation means that the only UNC chancellor they have known will no longer be walking with them at graduation in the spring.
Norma Techarukpong, a senior studying statistics and Spanish, said that the change required her to adjust to a new reality.