Updated at 9:42 p.m. on Wednesday
Less than two months after her departure from UNC, Carol Folt has found a new role. She was selected and approved as the University of Southern California's new president on Wednesday after a seven-month search process by the university's Presidential Search Advisory Committee. When she begins the job this summer, she will become USC's first female president.
"The committee conducted multiple day-long interviews with the semi-finalists in addition to comprehensive vetting," said Rick Caruso, the chairperson of USC's Board of Trustees, in a message to the USC community. "Through this process, it became evident that Dr. Folt is the leader who most embodies the qualities we seek and is the right person to be our president, both now and for the long term."
The Los Angeles-based university has made recent headlines for a college admissions scandal. More than 50 individuals, including four USC athletics officials and several wealthy parents of students at the school, were charged by Department of Justice prosecutors last week in a wide-ranging investigation into admissions-related bribes at prominent universities.
Folt sent out a message to the USC community on Wednesday, saying that she is excited to begin her work getting to know the university community and shaping the direction of the university.