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Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington to leave UNC for a new position at USC

Carol Folt Alexandra Mauney Felicia Washington
Chancellor Carol Folt taking a selfie with first-year Alexandra Mauney, exercise and sports science major and daughter of vice-chancellor Felicia Washington, and vice-chancellor Felicia Washington at "Thank you, Carolina" on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in the Carolina Union. Mauney says that it "breaks her heart" that Folt is leaving, but that it is "good to know that Folt is leaving with a lasting impact on the Carolina community."

Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington will leave UNC at the end of the academic year to become senior vice president for human resources at the University of Southern California, according to an email from Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Robert Blouin. 

Washington began working at UNC in 2014. She is UNC's first vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement. This position will be led in the interim by Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Becci Menghini, who began working at UNC in 2015. 

In her time at UNC, Washington has helped the University deal with issues including the NCAA scandal and the implementation of a new Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, according to the email. 

"Felicia has worked tirelessly to make Carolina a place driven by a culture of respect, engagement and inclusion, all the while assuring the University‚Äôs compliance with federal, state and UNC System policies," the email said. "She has provided invaluable advice and counsel to the administration, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students and local and national organizations." 

A number of UNC administrators have left the University during the 2018-2019 school year, including Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp and UNC-system President Margaret Spellings. Chancellor Carol Folt also left UNC for USC, where she took the position of university president. 

The position Washington will assume as the senior vice president for human resources is a new position at USC. 

"Felicia will leave UNC-Chapel Hill at the end of the academic year," the email said. "In the meantime, please join us in thanking her for her dedication and accomplishments. Her passion and love for Carolina will no doubt inform her work at USC, and we wish her the very best."


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