Update, 7:55 p.m.: By Thursday, UNC system Interim President Bill Roper hopes to appoint an interim chancellor — emphasis on interim.
At Friday’s Faculty Executive Committee meeting, he said he was looking for someone who is familiar with UNC, who can make a stand for their positions and who Roper can trust to do the job well.
“This person should be thoughtful and open in the way they approach life, and people, that they have a desire to be open and transparent,” he said.
Interim UNC-system President Dr. Bill Roper said Friday that Silent Sam should not be returned to McCorkle Place, according to the News & Observer.
He did not say what should ultimately happen to the statue, but the Board did vote to release an after-action report on the night of Aug. 20, when demonstrators pulled down Silent Sam.
The Board of Governors has been working alongside campus leaders to plan the next steps for the Confederate monument, with a current March 15 deadline to offer a revised recommendation on its future.
Chancellor Carol Folt is stepping down Jan. 31, and Roper said his “top priority” this past week has been to find a suitable interim chancellor for UNC and that as a part of the process, he planned to speak to students and faculty later in the day. Additionally, Roper said a national search will take place at a later point to find a permanent chancellor.
Roper said candidates should have a good understanding of the University and UNC system, the “gravitas” to lead and the trust of both University leaders and Roper himself.