Carol Folt

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Carol L. Folt
Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Term July 1, 2013 – Present
Predecessor Holden Thorp
Born 1951
Akron, Ohio
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.)
University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A.)
University of California, Davis (Ph.D.)
Residence Quail Hill
Salary $520,000[1]
Spouse David Peart
Children 2, Noah and Tessa

Carol L. Folt (born 1951) is the 11th chancellor, and the 29th chief executive, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was previously provost (chief academic officer) and interim president of Dartmouth College. She assumed her duties on July 1, 2013, and is the first woman to lead UNC.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

A native of Akron, Ohio, Folt is the granddaughter of immigrants from Albania. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in aquatic biology. She earned a master's degree in biology from the same institution in 1978, and a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis in 1982. After conducting postdoctoral studies at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University, she joined Dartmouth in 1983 as a research instructor in biological sciences, and has conducted extensive research in metal toxicity. Since 2007, she has held an endowed professorship in biological sciences.[2][3]

Folt joined Dartmouth's administration in 2001, when she was named dean of graduate studies and associate dean of the faculty. She became dean of the faculty in 2004. She was tapped as acting provost in 2009, and appointed provost in 2010. When Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim was named as president of the World Bank in July 2012, Folt was named acting president.[2]

Chancellor of UNC[edit]

Folt was chosen as UNC's chancellor by the Board of Governors of the UNC System to succeed Holden Thorp. She described her selection as "the honor of a lifetime" and vowed to ensure that UNC's students "don’t simply learn what we know but they learn how to create what will be."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Folt is married to fellow Dartmouth professor David Peart; they have two children.


  1. ^ a b c Stancil, Jane; Blythe, Anne. UNC-CH names Carol Folt first female chancellor. The News & Observer, 2013-04-13.
  2. ^ a b Folt named Carolina chancellor. UNC Press Office, 2013-04-12.
  3. ^ Archive of Dartmouth biography