Bill Roper

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
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The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has a new interim chancellor.

A photo take on December 2, 2018 shows barricades surrounding the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood.
Alex Kolyer / For WUNC

Preventing teachers and researchers from being distracted by problems swirling around North Carolina's public universities - including an ideological divide over the future of a Confederate memorial on the flagship campus - is a top priority for the 17-campus system's interim president, he said Friday.

A photo take on December 2, 2018 shows barricades surrounding the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood.
Alex Kolyer / For WUNC

As Silent Sam – and its remnants – sit in an undisclosed location somewhere on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, a small group of people are working behind the scenes to determine its future.

UNC Trustees
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Despite a second long, closed-door meeting in the span of a few days, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees has yet to announce the selection of an interim chancellor.