USC appoints 1st female president to usher in 'new era' after sexual misconduct and cheating scandal

Mail Online | 3/20/2019 | Associated Press
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The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president to usher 'a new era' following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case.

Carol Folt, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become USC's 12th president and the first permanent female president in school history - an announcement that came a week after news of the bribery scandal broke.

Folt - Scandal - Pause - Job

Folt said the scandal didn't give her pause about taking on the job.

'I want to be a part of fixing this,' Folt said. 'If you're trying to run an institution, you have to enjoy the fixing as well as the advancing.'

Folt - Scheme - Parents - Bribes - College

Folt said she was horrified to learn of the scheme, which involved wealthy parents paying bribes to have a college counselor rig standardized tests or get their children admitted as recruits of sports they didn't play.

'Most of us (at universities) spend our lives caring about students and admissions and trying to do things fairly ... so when you see something like that, you're just aghast,' she said. 'But most of us immediately started thinking, 'OK, boy, we know how to get to the bottom of this, we're going to figure this out and that is not something I want to ever see happen again.' '

Rick - Caruso - Chairman - USC - Board

Rick Caruso, chairman of the USC board of trustees, said problems will occur, but the measure of great leadership is how one reacts to them.

'We have worked hard to try to turn a corner, to make a change,' Caruso said. 'Today firmly cements the fact that there is a dramatic cultural change in this university.'

Search - President - Committee - Folt - Caruso

A lengthy search for a new president led a 23-member committee to unanimously recommend Folt, Caruso said.

'If nothing else, this last nine months has shown us that this university...
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