In honor of William Friday, 1920-2012

William Friday, 1920-2012As we mourn the passing of William Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a dear friend and neighbor of UNC Press, we celebrate the legacy of this steadfast champion of public service.

In a comprehensive biography, William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education, William Link traces Friday’s long and remarkable career.

In honor of the man who served the university, the state, and public education nationwide, UNC Press is offering access to the full Link biography free online for a limited time.

For details and links, visit the UNC Press website.

Friday died this morning, the same day the University of North Carolina holds its annual University Day, a day set aside to celebrate the university’s past and future. He is one giant who will certainly be honored today, and in the days to come.

May his commitment to service and education inspire us all to learn, teach, serve, and work to make a difference in our schools and communities, our state and nation, and beyond.