RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – After being met with dozens of protesters during visits to UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Asheville, UNC System President Margaret Spellings had a quiet visit to N.C. State Wednesday.
Spellings’ first stop was at Daniels Hall, which is part of the College of Engineering. She met with students and professors while touring several labs where she learned about some of the school’s 3D printing projects.
“It’s nice to highlight the students and what’s going on in these institutions above all,” Spellings said. “That’s the name of the game in this enterprise.”
Spellings also toured the Monteith Research Center on the Centennial Campus and the Hunt Library.
Some had been protesting Spellings because they didn’t think she should have been chosen to head the system but lately they have been protesting due to the controversial House Bill 2. They think she should be more vocal in opposition.
While there were no protesters, she still couldn’t escape questions about HB2. “Like all laws in the state of North Carolina, we are obliged to follow that and every other one,” Spellings said. “We have given some guidance to the institutions, which is to say they do not need to change any of their policies related to human resources and discrimination and so forth but of course we will be complying with the law.”
She said the UNC system is monitoring questions about federal funding related to compliance. “We are on top of the situation and monitoring it,” she said.
Spellings vowed to visit all 17 campuses in the UNC system in her first 100 days on the job. On Tuesday, Spellings was at Elizabeth City State University, which was the first campus where she hasn’t been protested, she said.
On Wednesday, N.C. State became the second.