Board of Governors to elect new UNC president at Friday meeting

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors plans to elect a new president for the UNC system at its meeting Friday, according to documents released Tuesday.

The UNC Board of Governors were scheduled to bring in a candidate last week for the job of president amid intense in-fighting that has many on the board pushing for the chairman to resign.

The meeting came after leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly sent a strongly worded letter to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors about the emergency meeting.

And many board members called for the resignation of board chair John Fennebresque, a Charlotte attorney who pushed through the resignation of current president Tom Ross.

The meeting began at 1 p.m. at SAS, was in closed session for hours and then adjourned around 5:30 p.m.

Fennebresque did not take questions after the meeting.

Margaret Spellings of the George W. Bush Center in Houston could not be reached for comment immediately Tuesday afternoon. Spellings worked as Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009. A spokeswoman for the Bush Center referred questions about Spellings to the UNC system.


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