Dean Smith UNC Chapel Hill Basketball Coach 1994
William Friday talks with UNC Chapel Hill Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith (1994)
William Friday, Host.
William Clyde Friday was born on July 13, 1920 and grew up in the small town of Dallas in Gaston County. After attending Wake Forest College, Friday graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in textile engineering in 1941. Friday married Ida Howell on May 13, 1942 and served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve from 1942 until 1946. He received his law degree from the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1948.
From 1948 until 1951 he served as assistant dean of students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was named assistant to University President Gordon Gray in 1951. He was appointed secretary of the University in 1955, named acting president of the consolidated University system in 1956, and became president later in the year. Friday served in this position for thirty years until his retirement in 1986, the longest-serving University president of the 20th century.