Mark G. Rodin: Folt’s on the clock

January 18, 2014 

Excellent commentary on Jan. 12 on the ruined reputation at UNC-Chapel Hill by Ned Barnett.

However, Chancellor Carol Folt will not follow Barnett’s advice. I graduated in 1971 and fund two academic scholarships: one in the College of Arts and Sciences and a second in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. All Carolina alumni should feel as embarrassed as I am about the ruined academic reputation of our alma mater in light of the constant publicity about the alleged misdeeds of the academic advisers to its student-athletes, the alleged inability of many of its football and basketball players to read and write and the inability of university administrators to detect and stop the no-show classes in the Department of Afro-American Studies.

Folt came to Chapel Hill from Dartmouth, where activity that has occurred at Carolina would not be tolerated. Does she have the courage and conviction to put an immediate stop to what’s gone wrong?

Mark G. Rodin


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