CHAPEL HILL — Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and residents are invited to attend the installation Carol L. Folt as UNC’s 11th chancellor on University Day on Saturday.
Since 1957, UNC has installed its chancellors on University Day, which commemorates the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building.
The UNC Board of Governors unanimously elected Folt in April, and she started work on July 1. She succeeded Holden Thorp, who resigned in the midst of the university's problems with athletics.
The first woman to lead Carolina, Folt is an internationally recognized environmental scientist and award-winning teacher. She served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-13 and also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences.
The festivities on Polk Place will begin at 1:30 p.m. with special music and a processional of faculty, students, staff, alumni, visiting dignitaries and other leaders. UNC President Tom Ross will preside.
Also scheduled to attend are Gov. Pat McCrory; Peter Hans, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors; Lowry Caudill, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees; Jan Boxill, faculty chairwoman; Charles Streeter, chairman of the Employee Forum; Christy Lambden, student body president; and Robyn Hadley, chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association. Sarah Parker, chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office.
After Folt delivers her installation speech, the ceremony will conclude with the ringing of the South Building bell 11 times in honor of UNC’s 11th chancellor. A public reception will follow on Polk Place.
The university will present five Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards to:
• 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 Penn State;
• Karol Mason, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs;
• Todd Miller, founder and executive director of the N.C. Coastal Federation;
• Gary Parr, vice chairman of Lazard Ltd., a global financial advisory firm.
In addition, the university will present the Edward Kidder Graham Award to Bruce Cairns, medical director of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center since 2007 and director of research since 2003.