CHAPEL HILL — Carol L. Folt will be installed as UNC-Chapel Hills 11th chancellor on University Day Saturday.
Since 1957, UNC has installed its chancellors on University Day, which commemorates the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nations first state university building.
The UNC Board of Governors unanimously elected Folt in April, and she started work July 1. She succeeded Holden Thorp, who resigned amid the universitys problems with athletics.
The first woman to lead UNC-CH, Folt is an environmental scientist and award-winning teacher. She served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-13 and also was a professor of biological sciences.
The festivities on Polk Place are open to the public and will begin at 1:30 p.m. with music and a processional of faculty, students, staff, alumni, visiting dignitaries and other leaders. UNC system President Tom Ross will preside.
After Folt delivers her installation speech, the ceremony will conclude with the ringing of the South Building bell 11 times in her honor. A public reception will follow on Polk Place.