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January 14, 2018


UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith Issues Statement Regarding Board Meeting

CHAPEL HILL, NC – University of North Carolina Board of Governors chair Harry Smith issued this statement following today’s Board 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.”