March 20, 2019

USC Statement from Rick J. Caruso, USC Board of Trustees Chair, on the appointment of Carol L. Folt as the 12th President of the University of Southern California

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am very pleased to announce that the Board has unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Carol Lynn Folt as the 12th President of the University of Southern California.

Dr. Folt will join us this summer from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she served as Chancellor from June 2013 to January 2019. She was previously Dean of the Faculty, Provost and interim President at Dartmouth College and an Endowed Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Folt’s impressive career began here in California where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Biology and Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara followed by a Doctorate in Ecology from the University of California, Davis…

…I have no doubt that under the enterprising and accomplished leadership of Dr. Folt, USC is set to embark on an exciting, upward, and unprecedented journey along with cultural renewal and positive change. That includes ushering in a new era of excellence, innovation, scholarship, and principled leadership that our community so justly deserves.