This web site, together with a permanent exhibit inside the south entrance to Carolina Hall, was created by the Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill’s History. The exhibit was installed in November 2016.

In May 2015, the university’s Board of Trustees voted to remove William Laurence Saunders’ name from a classroom building on the main campus and to replace it with the name Carolina Hall. The trustees also called for new initiatives to curate and teach the university’s history.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt appointed the task force in September 2015 to ensure that everyone – students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, citizens of North Carolina, and visitors – has the opportunity to learn about Carolina’s history and contributions to society. In addition to the Carolina Hall exhibit, the task force is also developing a curatorial plan for McCorkle Place; an inventory of historic buildings, monuments, and memorials; and an online orientation program on university history. The task force works in partnership with scholars, campus and community advisory groups, and other stakeholders.


The task force is comprised of university leaders and scholars with expertise in the history of UNC, North Carolina, and the South.

Winston Crisp
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Amy Locklear Hertel
Chief of Staff to Chancellor Carol Folt and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

James L. Leloudis
Professor of History and Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences

Cecelia Moore
University Historian and Project Manager