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Carol the Barbarian

At the College, Carol Folt earned a reputation for punishing people who disagreed with her. Nobody had any doubt where she stood on Machiavelli’s famous question: she was always feared and never loved. However when putting her reflexive bullyboy tactics into effect at Carolina, she has found that people in the South don’t back down so easily. Most recently Louis Clark of the Government Accountability Project (GAP) (“the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization”) wrote to her to protest the harsh treatment of whistleblower Mary Willingham by the UNC administration.

Here is a representative excerpt of the eight-page letter:

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Chancellor Folt delegated the response to GAP’s lengthy letter to her Vice Chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs, who wrote a two-paragraph e-mail. Louis Clark immediately replied to protest that UNC’s letter was not at all responsive to the most significant points in his letter. UNC’s e-mail and Clark’s response are here.

Why oh why did the folks at Carolina not ask people in Hanover what they were getting into in hiring the IP? They would have gotten an earful from Dartmouth faculty members.

Addendum: The GAP letter has been widely reported on in the press.


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