Chapel Hill, N. C, July 22, 1971
by Mike Parnell
Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson will remain in
his post through the fall semester rather than
resign Sept. 1 as previously announced.
Consolidated University President William C.
Friday announced Wednesday that Sitterson
would remain at his request.
"Chancellor Sitterson has graciously accepted
my request that the remain in office during the
fall semester," read Friday's statement. "I am
grateful for his willingness to continue to serve
during this time."
It was anticipated that a successor to
Sitterson would be named by Sept. 1, but due to
the confusion surrounding the attempt in the
N.C. General Assembly to deconsolidate the
Consolidated University, there will be no such
announcement until after a special session by
the Assembly this fall. . v
The Assembly will meet on Oct. 25 to
commence discussion of the deconsolidation
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An advisory committee to President Friday
has submitted the names of three chancellor
candidates, but Friday said several weeks ago the
type of man chosen for the job might well
depend on what kind of structure the Assembly
approves for the higher education system in
Sitterson assumed the post of acting
chancellor in February, 1966. The Board of
Trustees later unanimously approved him as
He has served with the University
administration for 16 years. Before becoming
chancellor, he served as vice chancellor for
academic and health affairs, dean of the General
College, and dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences. He was named a Kenan Professor of
History in 1961.
A graduate of UNC in 1931, Sitterson
received his M.A. here in 1932 and his Ph.D. in
1937. Sitterson has been teaching on campus for
30 years, with only two years away from
campus during World War II.
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Hie Playmakers Theatre, 120 years old, will soon see its last performance by the
dramatic arts department. The old stage wBl give way to a new building for the
department; the $2.25 million structure was approved by the General Assembly
Tuesday. (Staff photo by Johnny Lindahl)
by Norman Black
The N. C. General Assembly has
approved in a surprise move the necessary
funds for construction of a new dramatic
arts building on the Chapel Hill campus.
The request for $2.5 million to
construct the building was contained in
the original University budget request
submitted to the Assembly, but the funds
were cut from the final version of that
However, on June 29, identical bills
were introduced in both the House and
Senate to appropriate the money for the
building. The Senate bill was sent to the
appropriations committee, where it was
reported out favorably on Monday.
The bill came before the Senate
Tuesday and was passed. The House then
adopted the Senate version of the bill.
The bill appropriates $2.25 million for
the new building, only a slight reduction
from the original request.
Consolidate University President
William C. Friday was elated at the news.
'This action is the culmination of a
dream held for nearly a decade by the
University," he said. "We are exceedingly
pleased, because it will mean so much to
the continued growth of our dramatic
arts department. This appropriation is the
first major step in achieving a new home
for that department."
Arthur L. Housman, the new chairman
of the dramatic arts department, was
amazed at the support his department
'The astounding thing is the unified
support received from the entire
University for this building," he said.
'This is the most remarkable thing."
The dramatic arts department,
founded in 1936, is the oldest such
department in the nation.
The home for the department since its
inception has been the Playmakers
Theatre, the fourth building built on the
campus. That structure is 120 years old.
"Like a chemistry department, a
dramatic arts department has to have
good lab facilities," Housman' said. 'The
Playmakers Theatre is just not adequate
for our needs. This new building will
correct these deficiencies."
In 1936, the department had four
teachers, 35 students and offered 12
courses. Today, the department employs .
15 professors, has an enrollment of more
than 100 students and offers 70 courses.
The department stages eight major
productions each year.
During its history, the department has
become internationally known as a center
of regional studies and for its excellence
in outdoor productions.
The appropriation for the department
represents the only major construction
approved by the General Assembly for
the entire Consolidated University.