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Former UNC system president Bill Friday hospitalized

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CHAPEL HILL -- The president emeritus of the University of North Carolina is in the hospital in critical condition.

William Friday, 91, is at UNC Hospital, but there are no other details on his condition.

Friday retired in 1986 after serving three decades as president of the UNC system.

It was during his administration that the UNC system grew to 16 campuses. He served as system president for 30 years, watching its budget grow from more than $40 million dollars to $1.5 billion and seeing enrollment grow from almost 15,000 to more than 125,000 students.

He lead the system through the tumult of the 1960s, including integrating the universities and free speech issues.

Friday was a founding co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and spoke frequently on balancing athletics and academics on college campuses. He served as chairman of the commission until 2005.

Friday not only made his mark in education, but in television too. He spent thirty years as the host of "North Carolina People" on UNC-TV. His station biography said he interviewed more than 1,500 guests during his tenure.

In 2008 Friday suffered from a minor heart attack but generally has kept a busy schedule in his retirement.

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