Interim UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor named

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - An interim chancellor has been named for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the previous campus leader left during the controversy over the removal of a Confederate statue.

UNC's interim president, Bill Roper, said Wednesday that Kevin Guskiewicz will serve as interim chancellor. As dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since January 2016, Guskiewicz has led the largest academic institution at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Guskiewicz replaces Carol Folt, who left Jan. 31.

Folt planned to leave in May, but the state university governing board forced her out early because she unilaterally ordered the removal of the stone base that formerly featured the statue of a Confederate soldier.

The metal soldier was torn down last summer by protesters who said the monument was a racist symbol.

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