UNC President Emeritus William Friday is home, recovering and feeling better after suffering a minor heart attack last week.
Friday, who presided over the university system from 1956 to 1986 and still, at age 88, keeps a busy schedule, was hospitalized for two days last week, said Virginia Taylor, his special assistant.
"He's home and resting and doing well," Taylor said, adding that she got the go-ahead from Friday to answer some questions about his condition because word has been going around that he had fallen ill and some folks had gotten bad information.
For example, he did not have a stroke, as Taylor said one person had suggested to her.
He did not need surgery, Taylor said. He will likely spend the next month or two relaxing and recovering and will be scaling back his many activities, she said.
Friday works about four days a week, often from his office in the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on McCorkle Place. He meets with students, fields phone calls and acts as an all-purpose advisor for everyone from politicians to journalists to UNC administrators.
And he still tapes his weekly "North Carolina People" show that airs on UNC-TV.
"He's making some lifestyle changes, one of which is not working quite so much," Taylor said. "He'll still be meeting in his office but probably cutting out speaking engagements."