CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The UNC Board of Governors announced their unanimous support for their candidate for the next president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system Friday morning, WTVD reported.
The board met at 11 a.m.
Shortly after 11, the board went into a closed session. Just before noon, the board announced that they support Margaret Spellings, who served as Secretary of Education under President George Bush.
Spellings was unanimously elected to lead the UNC system minutes after the board announced their recommendation.
The board is looking for a replacement for President Tom Ross, who is being pushed out of the job early next year by university governing board members who said they wanted a change.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement Friday:
“We congratulate Margaret Spellings on her election as president of the University of North Carolina system, welcome her to our great state and look forward to meeting her. She has been a leader in public education at the highest level, and we trust she shares our passion for making our university system the best in the nation.”
Gov. Pat McCrory issued the following statement:
“As governor I welcome Margaret Spellings to North Carolina and look forward to a great working relationship to further connect our students to unlimited educational and career opportunities so they can each fulfill their potential in our great state.”
To learn more, visit http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=presidential-search.