Regarding the Oct. 23 news article “ Folt: New report shows ‘betrayal’ ”: UNC Chancellor Carol Folt accurately characterized the Wainstein report findings as an “inexcusable betrayal of our values.” What she failed to mention was her own enthusiastic betrayal of those values.
Since her tenure began, she has shamelessly deployed the UNC spin machine to further its “deny and delay” strategy, supported sham investigations, suffocated internal dissent and personally engaged in character assassination of whistleblowers. Her concern has not been to restore values or get at the truth; it has been solely to limit public relations damage.
Shedding crocodile tears when the lid couldn’t be kept on the scandal any longer is disappointing but not unexpected. One shouldn’t listen to an organization’s rhetoric to understand its values. Instead, one should observe the behavior of its leaders.
Like Folt, today’s UNC is all about form over substance. UNC is not getting the strong, purposeful and honest leadership it needs and deserves in this time of crisis; it is getting the weak, fawning and insincere leadership it wants.