A message from the interim chancellor: Discovering Carolina

In a campus message and video, Lee H. Roberts reflected on what he's learned from his first 30 days as interim chancellor.

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Dear Carolina Community,

Carolina is a magnificent place to be curious. Since becoming interim chancellor in January, I have ended every day wishing I had more hours to listen, read, watch, debate and relish all of the fascinating things happening on this campus.

Last week, I heard a visiting scholar argue that you can approach the world with a mindset of discovery or defense — reaching out with open-minded curiosity or retreating with anxious uncertainty. I am determined to approach every moment of this role in discovery mode, because that’s what University life demands.

From dinner at Hillel to celebrating our Arts and Humanities fellows, from meeting student activists in the Pit to visiting the Black History Month exhibit at Wilson Library, each day brings something new and rewarding. You could spend a lifetime at Carolina and still not learn everything there is to love about this special place, but it is fun to try. Take a look at some of my experiences in this video reflecting on my first 30 days.

This University is equal to any challenge when we stay true to our mission, stay open to the ideas and perspectives of our fellow Tar Heels, and remember how fortunate we all are to be here.

I want to thank everyone who has extended such a warm Tar Heel welcome over the last few weeks. I’ve made new friends, learned a lot and been gifted books on everything from journalistic ethics to astrophysics. I couldn’t be more grateful.

I hope you’ve had a terrific start to the semester.

Lee Roberts
Interim Chancellor