Bill Friday was a giant in American higher education and in North Carolina public life. And as we celebrate the 219th anniversary of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we remember his countless contributions to the state and the University.
In his three decades of service to the University, he guided the rapid expansion of the system – giving North Carolina a greater ability to provide its students with higher education opportunities.
Dr. Friday also was a friend of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care, and encouraged expanded research and clinical experiences for our students. Because of his dedication to higher education, our medical school continues to expand, allowing us to serve more communities across the state.
Dr. Friday’s contributions to North Carolina are immeasurable and will continue to be felt for generations to come. The state of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina are much the better because of his sustained leadership.