4 arrested as protesters hauled from UNC Board of Governors meeting

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Protesters were hauled out of Tuesday’s UNC Board of Governor’s meeting as they called for the removal of Margaret Spellings as the UNC system president.

Four people were arrested at Tuesday’s UNC Board of Governors meeting. They were charged with disruption of an official meeting and resisting officers.

Olufemi Shittu, 24, of Asheboro was charged with disorderly conduct in a public building.

Irving Allen, 19, from Greensboro was charged with disorderly conduct in a public building and resisting a public officer.

Both were released on a written promise to appear and are due back in court in Orange County on Feb. 4.

WNCN could not confirm the information on the other two protesters arrested.

According to the organization “Faculty Forward Network,” a recent survey of 1,400 UNC faculty shows that many professors are deeply unhappy about the direction of higher in the state.

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According to the press release from the group, the survey found that 70 percent of respondents say North Carolina higher education is going in the wrong direction, 61 percent feel they are not supported or valued, and 63 percent of faculty said they don’t receive regular pay increases.

More than two dozen protesters showed up to the meeting, while only five board members did. A number of board members called out because of ice on the roads.

The protesters gathered to submit a petition for the removal of Spellings.

Tom Ross, the former head of Davidson College, became president in 2011 but was pushed into retirement after Republicans took over the board.

Spellings was hired on Oct. 23, 2015 and given a salary of $775,000 per year. She is set to begin her new position March 1.

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