- Three sources close to the search say that Dartmouth College interim president Carol Folt will succeed Holden Thorp as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Thorp is set to step down by July 1 for a job as provost of Washington University in St. Louis, and the UNC board will elect the new chancellor at a Friday afternoon meeting.
- If Folt--who has spent most of her career as a professor and administrator at Dartmouth--is indeed the new chancellor, she will be the first female chancellor at Chapel Hill, where 58% of the 29,000 students are female and controversies involving athletics, fund-raising, academic fraud and sexual assault have embroiled the campus for more than two years.
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... The UNC board will meet Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill to elect the new leader. A search committee worked for months to narrow a list of candidates to three finalists for UNC President Tom Ross, who will recommend his choice to the board.
Ross and other university leaders were tight-lipped about the candidate Thursday at a board meeting at UNC Pembroke. Without revealing the next chancellor’s identity, they talked glowingly about the new leader. ...