CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The UNC Board of Governors approved the acceptance of UNC Chancellor Carol Folt’s resignation effective January 31.
Interim president William Roper will be authorized to name an interim chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Folt announced Monday she intended on staying in her position until the end of the academic year.
The Board says it was unaware of Folt’s resignation until it was made public.
“I think the chancellor took a very bold action there,” said Board Chair Harry Smith. “We feel very strongly that it’s probably in the best interest to go ahead and allow a change in leadership so we can
move to a healing process, and so that was the decision.”
When asked if making her last day Jan. 31 was punishment, Smith said “The Board of Governors will never operate in a retaliatory manner. I don’t think we’ve done that at all. We worked for close to three hours yesterday to understand the situation and the facts.”
Smith was also asked if Folt would have been fired has she not resigned.
“I don’t want to elaborate or even go down that thought process. The chancellor resigned, we didn’t have to have that conversation,” Smith said. “I think the outcome is correct. I think it’s a good outcome for Chancellor Folt, too. We want her to move on with grace and dignity and we want to treat her accordingly to that manner.”
Following the Board’s move onTuesday, Folt released another statement which read:
“While I’m disappointed by the Board of Governors’ timeline, I have truly loved my almost six years at Carolina. Working with our students, faculty and staff has inspired me every day. It is their passion and dedication, and the generosity of our alumni and community, that drive this great University. I believe that Carolina’s next chancellor will be extremely fortunate, and I will always be proud to be a Tar Heel.”
Folt also announced she has authorized the removal of the base and commemorative plaques from the Confederate Monument site in McCorkle Place.
That base was moved in the dark of night late Monday into early Tuesday.
CBS 17 will update this story as it develops.