CHAPEL HILL – Former UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt spent time with the Higher Education Works Foundation recently to reflect on her six years as chancellor and what the future holds for Carolina.
She recited her proudest moments – graduations, national championships and a world championship in the form of a Nobel Prize….
She also recounted her most difficult decisions – but some weren’t as difficult as you might think. The hardest part, she says, was prioritizing student aid and faculty raises during a period of constricted budgets.
Asked whether she has any regrets about her time as Chancellor, Folt offers a refreshing response.
Among her greatest accomplishments, she lists revamping the curriculum in every single school at the University to make learning more hands-on….
Asked about her greatest disappointments, she lists translation of the University’s work to the public, funding for public universities and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.
It’s no secret where Folt drew her energy as Chancellor: “Where students are, it is always a good day,” she says. “… And I love taking selfies!”
Asked what the future looks like for Carolina, Folt points to an evolving mixture of students, increased reliance on philanthropy and research partnerships with the private sector. She stresses that universities can’t rest on their laurels, and that a global perspective is increasingly important for students.