Eric Muller

UNC leaders address investigation into faculty over donor agreement

BY: - April 8, 2022

On Friday UNC-Chapel Hill’s top leaders publicly addressed the controversy over an investigation into the school’s own faculty over a leaked donor agreement. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost Chris Clemens answered questions about the matter at a Friday afternoon faculty council meeting, calling it “an inquiry” rather than “an investigation.” “I want to be clear […]

Email trove reveals new details of UNC Board of Governors’ refusal to reappoint popular UNC Press Board chair

BY: - March 31, 2022

More than nine months after a UNC Board of Governors committee refused to reappoint a widely respected UNC Law professor to the University of North Carolina Press Board of Governors, the UNC System has released hundreds of pages of email communications Policy Watch requested in connection with the conflict.

State law: UNC Press leader can stay on despite opposition from UNC Board of Governors

BY: - July 29, 2021

Conservatives on UNC BOG want to remove Prof. Eric Muller, but legal experts say they lack the authority to do so In a high-stakes game of political poker with the UNC Board of Governors, a state statute may provide the UNC Press with a trump card.

UNC System President on UNC Press controversy: “I’d certainly like to resolve the issue soon.”

BY: - July 21, 2021

UNC System President Peter Hans plans to talk to representatives from the UNC Press Board of Governors and the UNC Board of Governors’ University Governance Committee this week in an effort to resolve the conflict over the committee’s refusal to re-appoint UNC law Professor Eric Muller to the UNC Press Board of Governors “I’d like to […]

Faculty members protest Board of Governors’ interference with UNC Press leadership

BY: - July 20, 2021

BOG member says refusal to reappoint law professor Eric Muller is a message to students, campus leaders and faculty that they "are not in charge of the system" The UNC-Chapel Hill faculty is opposing what they say is undue political influence on appointments to the UNC Press Board of Governors.

Questions continue to mount over UNC Press board appointment

BY: - June 29, 2021

Last week Policy Watch reported on the case of Eric Muller, the renowned UNC-Chapel Hill law professor who was denied a reappointment to the UNC Press Board of Governors, despite recently being unanimously re-elected as its chairman. As reported, the UNC Board of Governors’ refusal to accept Muller for reappointment appears to be unprecedented. Sources […]

UNC Press now in the crosshairs of Board of Governors, which is refusing to re-appoint professor who criticized handling of Silent Sam monument

BY: - June 21, 2021

Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board. In an unprecedented move, the UNC Board of Governors is refusing to re-appoint a respected law professor to the University of North Carolina Press Board of Governors. The reason, say sources directly involved with the process: the professor’s public statements on the legality of […]

UNC-Chapel Hill Provost on failed reopening plan: “I don’t apologize for trying”

BY: - August 18, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill announced Monday it would move all its undergraduate classes online and begin cutting its dorm occupancy to a minimum. The move, which essentially embraces the cautious approach urged by the Orange County Health Department last month, came after the school reported 135 positive COVID-19 tests in the week since in-person classes began. At […]

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty petition to end moratorium on renaming university buildings

BY: - February 3, 2020

Prominent faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are petitioning to rescind the UNC Board of Trustees’ self-imposed moratorium on renaming of historical properties. Students and faculty have pushed for the renaming of buildings at UNC-Chapel Hill for decades, arguing men and women who owned slaves, fought for the Confederacy to preserve slavery and wrote white supremacist tracts […]