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Carol Folt Installed As UNC Chancellor

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Orange County, N.C. -- UNC Chapel Hill installed its 11th chancellor and first female leader, Carol Folt.

She says the school must "lower barriers and de-silo campus to face some of its greatest challenges." 

Many say a challenge is rebuilding the reputation of the school's athletics department, which has been marred by a string of scandals involving academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers and special treatment for athletes.

Folt says, "I believe in Carolina, as I said in this installation, our job is to do everything we can do in the highest possible standard. That means we face the great and we face the tough."

Folt replaced former Chancellor Holden Thorp in July. Thorp, UNC-Chapel Hill's leader since 2008, decided to resign last year.

Sarah Parker, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, administered the oath of Office and UNC System President Tom Ross presided over Saturday's ceremony. 

He said he sought a leader able to manage a complex organization operating with constrained resources yet still committed to keeping tuition low, in line with a requirement in the North Carolina constitution.

Ross said he wanted a proven fundraiser and communicator, who made academics a priority but recognized that athletics had a key role in building school pride and alumni loyalty.

Gov. Pat McCrory was also on hand for Saturday's event, saying that UNC was bringing a "class act" into the fold by choosing Folt to lead the school.

Folt became Dartmouth's president in July 2012 after Jim Yong Kim left the job to become head of the World Bank. Folt had been the school's chief academic officer, the school's second-highest rank, for three years.

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