Carol Folt gave her final remarks in a Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, her last day as chancellor of UNC.
Though she is no longer in office, the University administration does not yet know who the interim chancellor will be. Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper met with the faculty executive committee on Wednesday to discuss potential interim chancellors to help the University function smoothly in the absence of a permanent chancellor.
“This will be a rapid process, a thoughtful process, with wide consultation and so on, but this is not the same thing as the process to select a permanent chancellor for the University,” Roper said Wednesday.
At time of publication, an official announcement regarding the interim chancellor had not yet been made.
“I’ve talked to Bob Blouin, the provost, and said, ‘Bob, if need be, I will be turning to you to ask you to serve until we get this in,'" Roper said at the Wednesday meeting. "Furthermore, as a number of people have suggested, he might be the person to be interim chancellor.”
At Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting, Roper said to expect a decision by the middle of next week.
The process under which Folt was approved required the University’s BOT to recommend three candidates to the UNC system president, who would then nominate one of those candidates to the UNC-system Board of Governors. Folt’s selection committee consisted of 14 members, including several BOT members, the student body president and the chairperson of the faculty at the time.
Prior to Folt, Holden Thorp was also chosen as chancellor by a selection committee in this manner in 2008. However, even at that time, there was widespread concern about representation on the chancellor selection committee.
The selection process changed in October of 2018, which included new policy on selection committee membership. Per the policy, a BOG member will no longer serve on the committee. Additionally, the new policy addressed the confidentiality of chancellor selection.