Everyone on campus seems to be looking to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jim Dean to guide UNC through the latest athletic debacle — even the gym attendant he says offered him a towel and some advice Monday morning.
Dean, who has served as the voice of the administration the past few weeks, faced a larger crowd during an hour-long discussion with the faculty executive committee Monday, where faculty members urged a more transparent response to the allegations than what previous administrations had done.
Since the CNN report last week called into question the literacy of UNC’s student athletes, the NCAA, Dean and men’s basketball coach Roy Williams have expressed their doubts about the accuracy of the study cited. Officials say they still haven’t received the data from the woman at the center of it all, former athletic tutor Mary Willingham.
“My impression from what I’ve read is that our responses have been framed in a way that looks at the weeds, or the leaves on the trees, rather than the forest,” said Steve Bachenheimer, a microbiology professor and committee member.
“A fraction of students read or write in a level that is not dissimilar to descriptions in the paper. I’m wondering why the University doesn’t own that and use that as a starting position.”