Installation party set for Folt

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 02:37 PM

UNC is having a party this week to celebrate the installation of Chancellor Carol Folt, and everybody’s invited.

Folt is set to be installed as the university’s 11th chancellor at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 during a ceremony in Polk Place on the steps of the university’s South Building.

Following tradition, the installation takes place on University Day, which commemorates the l793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first public university building.

Folt will receive the Chancellor’s Medallion during the ceremony, with UNC System President Tom Ross presiding.

Sarah Parker, chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office.

Folt, the first woman to lead the state’s flagship university, also will give an address about UNC’s future.

Lowry Caudill, chairman of the UNC Board of Trustees, said Saturday will be an exciting day for UNC.

“We hope the students, faculty, staff and everyone in the Carolina community will join us to hear Chancellor Folt’s vision for the university and to celebrate 220 years of public higher education in America,” Caudill said.

The university also will present five Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards to recognize alumni who have brought credit to the university.

This year’s recipients include  Stuart Bondurant, professor and dean emeritus of the UNC School of Medicine; William Easterling III, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University and founding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Karol Mason, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs; Todd Miller, founder and executive director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ocean, N.C., and Gary Parr, vice chairman of Lazard Ltd., a global financial advisory firm.

While Saturday is the day of the official installation, the fun begins earlier in the week.

-- On Thursday, James L. Leloudis, history professor and associate dean of Honors Carolina, will give a lecture on the university’s history at 6:30 p.m., at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

-- On Friday, at 3 p.m. at the Carolina Inn, members of the UNC faculty will participate in three panel discussions on innovation, water and the future of the nation’s public research university.  

-- Also on Friday, a special concert titled “The World Comes Here: Celebrating the Performing Arts at Carolina” will be presented at 8 p.m., at Memorial Hall.

The concert is free but requires tickets, which are available at or the Carolina Performing Arts box office.

-- UNC students will officially welcome Folt to campus on Sunday with “Folk Fest,” a student-only celebration that will start at 4 p.m., in Polk Place.

Folt was elected chancellor by the UNC Board of Governors in April and began work July 1.

She replaced former Chancellor Holden Thorp, who now serves as provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

Folt served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-2013. She also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the Ivy League institution.