Leadership & Governance

Dartmouth's Interim President Will Be Next Chancellor at Chapel Hill

April 12, 2013

Carol L. Folt, an environmental scientist who is the interim president of Dartmouth College, will be the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the university announced on Friday.

Ms. Folt, 61, will be the first woman to lead North Carolina's flagship university. She has spent most of her career at Dartmouth, joining the biological-sciences faculty there in 1983 and working her way up to provost before becoming the college's interim leader in July.

She will replace H. Holden Thorp, who announced in September that he would resign at the end of June. During his tenure at Chapel Hill, Mr. Thorp, a chemist who became chancellor in 2008, faced a string of controversies. They included a scandal over questionable travel expenses incurred by the university's chief fund raiser and a host of challenges in athletics. The NCAA last year placed Chapel Hill on probation for three years, finding that members of its football team had committed academic fraud and accepted improper benefits.

Mr. Thorp will become provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

In a news release, Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina system, described Ms. Folt as "an engaged and effective leader who promotes openness and collaboration, strategic thinking and creative problem-solving, and an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and student success." He also praised her as possessing "great integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to face tough and complex challenges head-on."