The UNC Employee Forum held a general meeting Wednesday to discuss a wide range of topics relevant to employee life at UNC.
The meeting, held at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, was led by forum chairperson and UNC graduate Shayna Hill. The Employee Forum is a group made up entirely of non-faculty employees. According to their website, the Employee Forum's mission is to address the concerns of UNC employees "through mutual understanding, recognition of Employee contributions, and respect for the worth of the individual."
The impact of former Chancellor Carol Folt lingers
Carol Folt may no longer be the chancellor at UNC, but the fallout from her resignation was a major topic of discussion among the delegates. Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Felicia A. Washington spoke to the delegates near the beginning of the meeting and laid out a possible timetable for when an interim chancellor could be named.
“Those of you who have been in any of the forums on campus where interim UNC-system President Bill Roper came and talked to students, staff and faculty, and if you’ve been reading the newspapers, then you probably know that we are all thinking at some point, I read mid-week, we will learn who the new interim chancellor will be," Washington said.
Roper named Kevin M. Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the interim chancellor later in the afternoon.
Washington, a former member of the UNC Board of Trustees, stressed the need for unity from the delegates.
“This body has always been so supportive of chancellors. Before I came here, I heard about it with respect to Holden, for example, and then with Chancellor Folt," Washington said. "And so I know that you will welcome and be supportive of the interim chancellor as well.”
Folt was brought up again later in the meeting when the Forum debated a resolution to grant Carol Folt lifelong delegate status. The meeting went into closed session for the discussion, and when the full meeting resumed, Administrative Assistant Matthew Banks announced that the Forum had voted 25-0 in favor of the resolution with two abstentions.