Former University of North Carolina chancellor Hardin dies

July 1, 2017
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1993 file photo, University of North Carolina Chancellor Paul Hardin III, right, stands with President Bill Clinton as he goes over a book of essays at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., before taking part in the opening ceremonies of the school's bicentennial observance. Hardin, who led the school into its third century while increasing faculty diversity, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017. He was 86. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former University of North Carolina chancellor Paul Hardin III, who led the school into its third century while increasing faculty diversity, died on Saturday. He was 86.

The university said the longtime educator and leader of several universities died at his Chapel Hill home after battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hardin served as UNC’s chancellor from 1988 to 1995. During that time he helped lead the school’s yearlong bicentennial fundraising effort and celebration that culminated in late 1993 and included a visit from then-President Bill Clinton. The fundraising effort was so successful that it well exceeded its goals, ultimately resulting in $440 million in private gifts.

Current Chancellor Carol Folt said Hardin will be remembered as visionary leader.

“We continue to benefit from his forethought and wisdom as well as his dedication and commitment to Carolina,” she said in a message Saturday to the campus.

The university said he was a civil rights advocate who helped double minority representation on the school’s faculty. Hardin also gave non-academic employees a greater say in the campus by establishing a forum for them.

When he became UNC’s seventh chancellor, he told attendees that “the future belongs to those institutions and persons who command it, not to those who wait passively for it to happen.”

Hardin was born in Charlotte in 1931, and graduated from Duke University and its law school. He served in the U.S. Army before working as a lawyer and eventually teaching for a decade at Duke University School of Law.

Before UNC, he served as president of Wofford College in South Carolina, Southern Methodist University in Texas and Drew University in New Jersey. He also served as a Duke University trustee.

A memorial service is planned for July 8 at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.

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