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Two New Chancellors Welcome Students

Debra Saunders-White
NC Central University

College students began meeting their new roommates and unpacking boxes last week at several of the large universities in the Triangle and Triad. This year, the freshmen won’t be the only new faces on campus.

Carol Folt began her first official day on the job as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill a little over a month and a half ago. She replaced Holden Thorp, who is now the provost at Washington University in Saint Louis. Folt comes to Carolina from Dartmouth. She’s the first woman to lead UNC-Chapel Hill.

That’s a distinction also held by Debra Saunders-White at NC Central. She took over as that University’s first permanent female chancellor in June. It’s the first time leading a university for Saunders-White, who came to NC Central from the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education.

NC State, North Carolina A&T, and UNC-Greensboro are among the other universities starting classes this week.

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