LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California announced on Wednesday a new school president who initiated "a new era" after a series of high-profile scandals culminating in a massive collegiate bribery case last week.
Carol Colt, former Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, becomes the 12th president of the USC and the first permanent female president in school history – an announcement that came a week after the bribery scandal was reported.
Folt said The scandal did not pause her when she took the job.
"I want to be involved in fixing the problem," said Folt. "When you try to run an institution, you have to enjoy both fixing and progressing."
Folt said she was horrified when she learned of the system whereby wealthy parents had to pay bribes for a college counselor rig to get standardized tests or get their children admitted as recruits from sports they did not play ,
"Most of us (at universities) spend our lives looking after students and taking pictures and trying to make things fair … so when you see something, you're just horrified," said you. "But most of us immediately started thinking," OK, boy, we know how to get to the bottom of it, we'll find out, and that's something I'd never want to see again. " 39; "
Rick Caruso, chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, said problems would arise, but the measure of a great leadership is how to respond to them.
"We worked hard to make a change around a corner," said Caruso. "Today, the fact that there is a dramatic cultural transformation at this university is strengthening."
A lengthy search for a new president prompted a 23-member committee to unanimously recommend Torture, Caruso said.
"If nothing else The last nine months have shown us that this university can deal with everything we're accused of," he said. "We are ready to move forward."
The USC will be tortured by Interim President Wanda Austin, who is following former President C.L. Max Nikias resigned last summer when two major controversies occurred: the school reportedly ignored complaints about widespread sexual misconduct by a long-standing campus gynecologist and an investigation by a medical school deanery accused of methamphetamine overdose.
Combined with the bribery scandal, Folt will do their job for them, said Roger Sloboda, a Dartmouth biology teacher who worked at Folt at New Hampshire School, where she began her academic career and spent three decades.
"USC, I'm sorry that Carol jumped into this mess, but I think she'll clean it up," he said. "She's a scientist and will look at the data, find out what happened and how to fix it."
From her critical point of view in her previous job at UNC-Chapel Hill, Folt was just fine, said Jay Schalin, director of policy analysis at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, a right-wing think tank.
At the UNC, Folt inherited a department that offered irregular courses with significant athlete enrollment years ago. The courses were not identified as lecture courses that did not meet, and required one or two research papers usually for high grades with little to no faculty supervision.
Folt was also prematurely ousted in January during a Confederate controversy. A statue known as "Silent Sam" that was demolished on campus.
Schalin said that torturing the Conservatives in North Carolina with "mixed signals" on Silent Sam angered them as encouraging demonstrators.
As for the academic scandal with UNC athletes He said the USC scandal seems to be smaller. "Torture should have little trouble coping with it, unless the media makes significant progress in the USC," he said.
The President of the Association of Public and Land Grant University, at which Folt chaired a science committee and technology policy, said he had always "admired their insights and wisdom about how universities can better serve students and the general public."
"Carol Folt is a very experienced and respected higher education leader," said President Peter McPherson in a statement.
Four USC students showed up at Tint's introduction to the USC and protested against their actions during the controversy of Confederate statues. She considered it a merit to have taken her when it was actually a student-led movement.
The students, Rebecca Hu, said she wanted to raise her concerns and said that students should have been more involved in choosing a new president.
"I think the student community is really hurt by everyone in the USC administration, and we just want to make sure they actually hear and take us seriously," said Hu, a senior philosophy major.
Jason Chang, a 20-year-old accountant, said his fellow students "just want transparency" about the developing scandal.
"It is sad to say that the reputation of the school is impaired," he said.
The diploma student Myla Bastien also demanded transparency and honesty. "I think if USC only owns it and then sets up a plan to prevent it from happening in the future, that would be helpful," she said. Folt said she was committed to taking into account the concerns of the students and the university is making "an amazing start".
"I think people were very honest and honest about it," she said. "I'm certainly not encouraged to be anything but straightforward, open and honest and try to do it the right way, which is really critical."
Associated Press authors Christopher Weber and John Antczak of Los Angeles Jonathan Drew of Raleigh, North Carolina and Jocelyn Gecker of San Francisco contributed to the report.