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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

William C. Friday (1920- ) and John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) in 1961

William C. Friday served as president of the state university system from 1955 to 1986, a period of massive growth and intense institutional rivalries. Under his guidance, Carolina emerged as a leader in American higher education. Friday's greatest strengths drew from his ability to mediate conflicts during turbulent times.