Chancellor Carol Folt smiles as she walks in the University Day procession from South Building to Memorial Hall on October 11, 2016.

With 15 days left as UNC's chancellor, Folt looks back at her controversial tenure

After replacing former UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp in 2013, Chancellor Folt has outlasted numerous scandals and gained respect among faculty, staff and students alike. From her first day on campus as the first female chancellor, Folt and the position she occupied has been inundated by firsts and lasts. 

Folt’s accelerated departure has been met with letters of support and criticism. As students look with uncertainty at the new vacancy and the state of the University in the coming semester, one thing is certain: Folt's tenure will be remembered, for better or worse. 


Carol Folt

Carol Folt is the current chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the 11th chancellor at UNC and the first woman to hold the position, and she took office on July 1, 2013. She was officially installed on Oct. 12, 2013. She came to UNC after acting as the interim president of Dartmouth College.

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Chancellor Carol Folt attends the UNC football game against Virginina Tech on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Kenan Memorial Stadium. Folt announced that she will be stepping down from her position as chancellor in an email sent to the University community on Monday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Chancellor Carol Folt will step down in May 2019

"As I have reflected on all of this, I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to pass the leadership of our outstanding university, with all its momentum, to the next chancellor, and look ahead for my own 'new and next,'" Folt said in a media release.