Dartmouth's Folt to become UNC-Chapel Hill leader

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A board has elected Dartmouth College interim president to become the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The UNC Board of Governors selected Carol Folt on Friday. She becomes head of the country's oldest public university.

Folt replaces Holden Thorp, who has been chancellor since 2008. He resigned after two years of scandals involving academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers, and special treatment for athletes.

She spent less than a year as Dartmouth's president. The Ivy League school in New Hampshire is five times smaller than UNC-Chapel Hill and lacks big-time collegiate sports.

Folt becomes the first woman to head the Chapel Hill campus, a ground-breaking role she also pioneered at Dartmouth. She takes over in July.

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