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UNC Board Of Governors Chair Calls UNC Chancellor's Resignation Insulting PDF Print E-mail
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:37

CHAPEL HILL – University of North Carolina Board of Governors chair Harry Smith issued this statement. meeting:

“Today, the UNC Board of Governors met in closed session to deliberate issues related to UNC-Chapel Hill’s leadership. 

While in closed session, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt tendered her resignation effective after the 2019 spring graduation. In addition, as a part of her announcement, she authorized the removal of the base and commemorative plaques from the Confederate Monument site.

The Board of Governors was not privy to the Chancellor’s announcement prior to her statement being made public.

We are incredibly disappointed at this intentional action. It lacks transparency and it undermines and insults the Board’s goal to operate with class and dignity. We strive to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are always involved and that we are always working in a healthy and professional manner.

In December, the Board developed and articulated a clear process and timeline for determining the best course of action for the future of the Monument—and this remains unchanged.

Moving forward, the Board will continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively with all relevant parties to determine the best way forward for UNC-Chapel Hill. We will do so with proper governance and oversight in a way that respects all constituencies and diverse views on this issue. The safety and security of the campus community and general public who visit the institution remains paramount.” 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:52
Three UNC Board of Trustees Leaders Support Chancellor's Decision To Remove Silent Sam Pedestal PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:08
Three members of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board Oo Trustees issued a statement supporting Chancellor Carol Folt's decision to remove the Silent Sam confederate staute pedestal from McCorkle Place on the Chapel Hill campus. Following is the statement: 
As current officers of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and a former chair who served with Chancellor Carol L. Folt, we support her decision to remove intact the base of the Confederate Monument and accept her decision to step down from her position. We thank Chancellor Folt for working tirelessly to elevate our University each and every day to serve the people of North Carolina and beyond.
The chancellor has ultimate authority over campus public safety, and we agree Chancellor Folt is acting properly to preserve campus security. Nothing is more important than keeping our campus community and visitors as safe as possible.
We are sincerely grateful to Chancellor Folt for her dedicated service to our great University and the State of North Carolina. When she arrived in July 2013, she brought remarkable energy and deep passion to countless initiatives that have made Carolina stronger and poised to inspire future generations of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Under her leadership, our University launched new efforts to expand access and affordability for deserving students; surpassed for the first time $1 billion in research expenditures; and developed our first-ever overarching strategic framework, “The Blueprint for Next,” which will guide us well into the next decade. To ensure we have the continued resources to meet these goals and to bring us into our next chapter of growth, Chancellor Folt has played a vital role in the outstanding success of our $4.25 billion fundraising campaign. Above all, Chancellor Folt has cared deeply about her campus – students, faculty and staff – and has an abiding love and respect for the University community.
Carolina has been well served by its 11th chancellor. We will continue to work closely with Chancellor Folt and the UNC System to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Charles “Chuck” Duckett, Vice Chair
Julia Grumbles, Secretary
Lowry Caudill, Current Member and Past Chair
UNC -Chapel Hill Chancellor Resigns, Orders Confederate Monument Pedestal Removed Intact PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:03
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt has resigned effective at the end of the academic year. She announced her resignation in a letter in which she also ordered the removel of the pedastal of a confederate stautue, commonly known as Silent Sam. The pedeastal was removed the evening of January 14, the same date of her letter. Following is the text of her letter:
At the start of this semester and new year, I see possibility and promise and am filled with the sense of the limitless potential that makes Carolina such a vital place. In that spirit, I would like to share two important announcements with you.
First, you’ve heard me say many times that it is the privilege of my life to serve as chancellor of this great university. 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. I am writing today to let you know that I have decided to step down as chancellor following graduation, at the end of the academic year.
I have always been driven by the “new and the next,” working with people to take on challenges, solve problems, create frameworks for success, and act to achieve them. Over our years together, we have created a deep and thoughtful shared vision for Carolina’s future—the Blueprint for Next—and we used it to propel our historic Campaign for Carolina past its mid-point goal of $2.25 billion last summer. With the dedication and care of our staff and faculty, our schools are advancing curricula for the future and our students and alumni are succeeding in all fields. We’ve raised nearly $500 million in scholarships and aid, and our community is making discoveries every day that save lives and advance our state and society. As I have reflected on all of this, I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to pass the leadership of our outstanding university, with all its momentum, to the next chancellor, and look ahead for my own “new and next.”
There is much I intend to accomplish with you in the next few months. I will continue to focus on our core mission, do all I can to make sure every person on our campus can thrive and feel welcome, and push forward with Carolina’s campaign and history task force. There has been too much recent disruption due to the monument controversy. Carolina’s leadership needs to return its full attention to helping our University achieve its vision and to live its values. And I want this semester to be exciting and fulfilling for every one of our soon-to-be graduates.
Most importantly, we must always do what we can to make sure our faculty, students and staff have a creative, innovative work and living environment, one that is inclusive, forward-looking and safe. This year for example, we reached our highest level of research funding ever (5th in the nation in federal funds), continued to see historic increases in first-year applications and levels of philanthropy, and pushed ahead as a national leader in affordability, access and student graduation rates. These accomplishments show how talented and dedicated our community is and what can be achieved even in the face of disruption. Just imagine what is possible if we can put our full attention to the potentials and needs of the future.
Second, I have 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. No one learns at their best when they feel unsafe. The independent panel of safety experts we convened in November to help us review options for the monument that we presented to the UNC Board of Governors made a strong and compelling case for risks to public safety. The fact that despite our best efforts even since then, threats have continued to grow and place our community at serious risk has led me to authorize this action.
As I have said before, safety concerns alone should preclude the monument from returning to campus. This was also the strong preference of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. The base and tablets will be preserved until their future is decided. While I recognize that some may not agree with my decision to remove the base and tablets now, I am confident this is the right one for our community – one that will promote public safety, enable us to begin the healing process and renew our focus on our great mission.
As we celebrate Carolina’s 225th year, we are poised for a strong future. Supported by citizens of our state, generations of dedicated faculty, students, staff, donors and alumni, we are accomplishing great things for the state and the nation. Carolina is better positioned than ever to be the “university of and for the people.” I believe Carolina’s next chancellor will be well placed to build on our momentum. And with your help and energy we will make this another semester filled with Tar Heel energy, creativity and action.
Respectfully yours,
Carol L. Folt
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:15
NC State Economist Issues Top 10 Economic headlines For 2019 PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 11 January 2019 11:25
By Dr. Michael L. Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor,
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University


1. The broadest measure of economic output in North Carolina – real Gross Domestic Product – is on track to increase faster in 2018 than in 2017. However, the state’s 2018 rate is slower than the nation’s rate.
2. The Information, Transportation, and Professional Services were the top three expanding economic sectors in the state in 2018.
3. Payroll job growth in the state will likely exceed the national job growth rate by over 40% in 2018.
4. The three major measures of unemployment all dropped in North Carolina in 2018.
5. The broadest measure of unemployment – including discouraged and under-employed workers – ended lower in North Carolina than in the nation in 2018.
6. The average wage rate – adjusted for inflation – remained flat in North Carolina in 2018, but the rate declined in the nation.
7. All regional groups of North Carolina counties experienced job growth in 2018, with rural counties registering the fastest rate.
8. North Carolina’s real Gross Domestic Product is expected to increase 2.5% in 2019, slightly slower than 2018’s rate.
9. Close to 85,000 net new payroll jobs are projected to be added in North Carolina in 2019, less than the 100,000 jobs gained in 2018.
10. Asheville, Durham, and Raleigh are forecasted to end 2019 with “headline” unemployment rates under 3%.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2019 11:31

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