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UNC Board of Governors holds final 2017 meeting Friday

A reminder: On Friday the UNC Board of Governors will hold a one-day meeting at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill.

It’s the board’s last full meeting of the year – and it’s a big one.

On the schedule:

* An expected full board vote on the controversial speech policy in the works for months.

UNC’s Faculty Senate, Staff Assembly and the NC branch of Association of American University Professors have all opposed the policy, but it has plenty of support with members of the Board of Governors.

* A talk on “civil discourse” with Robert George, founder and director of the conservative James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Board members have intimated they would like to start a conservative center like George’s at Princeton at UNC, an idea already seeing resistence from faculty, staff and students.

* The possible return of discussions of the Board of Governors hiring its own staff, a proposal that has split the board and is opposed by UNC President Margaret Spellings.

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