UNC’s new chancellor starts work Monday

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt officially begins work today.

Folt, the former interim president of Dartmouth College, was elected by the UNC Board of Governors in April to lead the state’s flagship university.

A renowned environmental scientist, Folt spent 30 years in various faculty and administrative posts at the small private school in New Hampshire.

Folt becomes the school’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to hold the university’s top post.

Monday is also the first day on the job for James Dean Jr., who was appointed executive vice chancellor and provost to replace Bruce Carney. Carney is returning to the faculty.

Dean is the former dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School,

Foit replaces former chancellor Holden Thorp, who is moving on to Washington University in St. Louis after a tumultuous few years in which he wrestled with academic and athletic scandals.

At Washington University, a prestigious private university with an enrollment of about 14,000, about the size of Duke University, Thorp will become the top academic officer and hold an endowed professorship in the departments of chemistry and medicine.

An alumnus of UNC, Thorp was elected chancellor in 2008 after spending most of his career at UNC in both administrative and faculty positions.

Folt served as Dartmouth interim chancellor for about 11 months, having accepted the post when former president Jim Yong Kim left to lead the World Bank.   

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate from the University of California at Davis.

As chancellor, Folt will earn $520,000 a year, tops in the 17-campus UNC system.