Carol Folt speaks after being named as University of Southern California's 12th president at Town & Gown of USC building in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a massive college bribery scam involving USC and other universities across the country. Folt most recently was formerly the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She will take office as USC's new president on July 1. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

USC's new president ready to 'fix' school after scandals

March 21, 2019 - 1:41 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new president of the University of Southern California says she wants to be a part of "fixing" the school following a series of high-profile scandals — including the massive college admissions bribery case that broke last week.

Carol Folt, a biologist and former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become USC's president on July 1.

Rick Caruso, the chairman of the board of trustees, said Wednesday that Folt's selection shows the university is ready to move forward.

Folt said the scandals didn't give her pause about taking on the job.

She'll replace interim President Wanda Austin. Austin stepped in after C.L. Max Nikias resigned last summer amid reports the school ignored complaints of widespread sexual misconduct by a longtime campus gynecologist.

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