UNC Chancellor Folt to step down, approves removal of ‘Silent Sam’ base

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CHAPEL HILL, NC – AUGUST 30: Chancellor Carol Folt poses for a selfie with North Carolina Tar Heels fans during their game against the Liberty Flames at Kenan Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Carol Folt has announced she is stepping down as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“First, you’ve heard me say many times that it is the privilege of my life to serve as chancellor of this great university,” Folt said in a release. “I’m deeply proud of what you’ve accomplished and what we’ve accomplished together since I became a Tar Heel nearly six years ago in 2013.”

She will step down following graduation at the end of the academic year.

Folt also announced she has authorized the removal of the base and commemorative plaques from the Confederate Monument site in McCorkle Place.

“As chancellor, the safety of the UNC-Chapel Hill community is my clear, unequivocal and non-negotiable responsibility. The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment,” she said. 

Folt touted accomplishments in her announcement – like having highest level of research funding ever in the school’s history. 

This is a breaking news update. CBS 17 will update this story as it develops.

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