UNC Board of Governors meeting still on, discussion of poverty center closure expected (with update)

Scroll down for an update of what happened Thursday. Spoiler alert: not much. Vote expected Friday.

Despite the snow storm that socked the state overnight, the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors is still scheduled to hold their meetings today and tomorrow in Charlotte.

One of the items slated for discussion at a sub-committee this morning is a recommendation to close three centers in the university system, including the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.

A vote by the full UNC Board of Governors  will be on Friday, at the meeting being held at UNC-Charlotte’s campus.

The center is headed by Gene Nichol, a tenured law professor who has been open in his public criticism of how Republican policies have affected the poorest in the state. Many, including Nichol, have suggested the slated closure of the privately-funded center after years of complaints by conservative groups about Nichol.

Many have spoken out against the proposed closure, including the American Association of University Professors and a majority of law school faculty.

I will be at the meeting – and tweeting what happens. Follow me @SarahOvaska. Check back on the blog later today for an update on what happened.

Want to know more about what’s happening? Click here for a background article.

Update, 11:15 a.m.: The centers and institutes report, which would include the closures of three centers, didn’t get much, or really any, discussion Thursday.

An education planning committee that met Thursday morning opted to move the report forward to tomorrow’s meeting of the full 32-member UNC Board of Governors meeting for discussion and a vote.


And you can read the meeting agendas for today and tomorrow here, as well as the report recommending closure here.

Item 6 – Centers and Institutes Report and Recommendations.pdf by NC Policy Watch


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 26, 2015 at 8:38 am

    This is such an unimportant update when we have not got our Tony Tata status update for the snow storm last night.

  2. ML

    February 26, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Another pointless comment. Thanks for your contribution.

    And no I’m not really thanking you or implying that you contributed anything.

  3. Alex

    February 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Gene Nichol is just a pudgy less handsome version of John Edwards…just a rich white guy looking for some notoriety and a chance to feel less guilty about his good fortune. He has offered little in the way of solutions, and prefers to rail against Republicans to endear himself with fellow liberals. I expect that he retreats to his Chapel Hill mansion just like John Edwards giving very little thought to the poor of North Carolina.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    February 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Thanks ML, if it is useless to you then there is something right about my comment.

  5. Sarah Ovaska

    February 26, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Hey all, let’s play nice and not be mean to each other in the comments.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    February 26, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thats ok Sarah, I overlook the meanness. I am used to dealing with liberals after all.

  7. ML

    February 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Lsd = paid troll

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    February 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Nope, unlike you I am not paid. You guys get the pleasure of my comments gratis! And I believe her meanness slap was at you.

  9. ML

    March 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I’m sure you do.

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