UNC chancellor to attend White House summit

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 07:57 PM

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt is attending a White House summit Thursday focused on college access.

College and university presidents as well as nonprofit, foundation, government and business leaders from across the country will be hosted by the president and first lady.

The event will is supposed to include remarks by Jim Shelton, acting deputy secretary of education, and Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, as well as remarks by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the afternoon.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead was invited to the summit but will not attend because he is out of the country. The N.C. Central University communications office did not think Chancellor Debra Saunders-White received a summit invitation.

N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson also is attending the White House event, a day after President Obama visited N.C. State to unveil plans for a new manufacturing institute focused on next-generation power electronics, which will be led by the university.