As legislators get back to work this week crafting their version of the state budget, the head of the UNC system is downplaying the prospect of closing one or more of the state’s 17 campuses to save money.
UNC System President Tom Ross say the idea would save the state less money than one might think – as closing one campus would only increase the demands on another campus. Ross says the state would then have the cost of repairing many of these large buildings before they could be put on the market.
Forsysth County Senator Pete Brunstetter first floated the idea of consolidating campuses  last month as a way of saving the state millions of dollars.
Ross tells N.C. Policy Watch that while they are willing to study Brunstetter’s idea, it’s unlikely to yield the big savings lawmakers are hoping to find.
President Ross also tells Policy Watch that he has grave concerns another 5% budget cut , as proposed by Governor McCrory, will impact their ability to provide high-quality educational opportunities to the state’s residents and assist in North Carolina’s economic recovery.
To hear a portion of Ross’s weekend radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. Or, visit the Radio Interview section of the website to download a podcast of the full interview .