Former UNC president upgraded to serious condition

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William Friday (Lib.unc.edu)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — University of North Carolina President Emeritus William Friday has been upgraded to serious condition at UNC Hospitals, two days after receiving a permanent pacemaker.

Hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Mahin released no additional details on Friday’s condition on Saturday.

The 91-year-old Friday was president of UNC for 30 years, leading the school through integration, the sponsorship of the state education network and its growth into a 16-campus university system.

He also helped with the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Since retiring as president in 1986, Friday has pushed to keep college affordable and supported programs to reduce poverty and
illiteracy. He also has a television show, and he taped his UNC-TV program “North Carolina People” earlier this month.

Credit: The Associated Press.