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Report: Despite denials, Spellings to leave UNC

UNC System President Margaret Spellings

The News & Observer, citing multiple confidential sources, reports UNC President Margaret Spellings is negotiating an exit from her position to return to her home state of Texas.

According to the N&O:

In recent days, Spellings has quietly negotiated her departure with the UNC Board of Governors. Sources close to Spellings said she wanted to leave the post and return to her home state of Texas. The timing is unclear, but it could be early next year, sources said.

Earlier this month, Policy Watch asked Spellings about a report from the Austin American Statesman that she was in the running to become president fo the 14-campus University of Texas system.

Spellings dismissed the report as a rumor, said she wasn’t job hunting and she planned to be at UNC for a while.

Spellings’ family moved to Texas when she was in grade school. She is a graduate of the University of Houston. She worked under Texas Governors William Clements and George W. Bush before becoming part of the later’s presidential administration as Secretary of Education.

Spellings became president of the UNC system in 2015 but has had a rocky tenure, clashing with members of the UNC Board of Governors. A particularly conservative faction of the board, which has been highly critical of Spellings, has come to power in the last two years. The new chairman of the board, Harry Smith, is among those who have publicly clashed with Spellings.

Many on the board and close to Spellings assumed Smith’s recent election as chairman made Spellings’ departure, one way or another, a near certainty.

 

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