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New UNC system president will be named Friday

By: - October 20, 2015 3:55 pm

The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors will name the new leader of the public university system Friday.

The board will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at the Spangler Center in Chapel Hill for the “election of a president,” according to an agenda released Tuesday afternoon.

Though technically confidential, the top candidate for the search was leaked and appears to be Margaret Spellings, a former federal education secretary under President George W. Bush who currently heads Bush’s presidential center in Texas.

She appeared at a closed-door meeting the board held last week on the SAS campus in Cary.

If chosen, Spellings would replace outgoing UNC President Tom Ross, who was dismissed from his position for reasons that have yet to be fully explained but are thought to be political in nature. Ross was selected in 2011 by a UNC governing board dominated by appointees from a Democratically-controlled state legislature. Since then, the state legislature switched to Republican control and the 32-member board received their appointments from a Republican-led legislature.

BOG Tentative Agenda 10.23.15 by NC Policy Watch


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Sarah Ovaska-Few

Sarah Ovaska-Few, former Investigative Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch for five years, conducted investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance. Ovaska-Few was also staff writer and reporter for six years with the News & Observer in Raleigh, where she reported on governmental, legal, political and criminal justice issues.