For the first time ever, all Five presidents of the UNC System gathered together on Wednesday night in Memorial Hall. From Left to Right: Thomas W. Ross, Erskine Bowles, Molly Corbett Broad, C.D. Spangler, Jr., William C. Friday, and former North Carolina Governor James. E. Holshouser, Jr.

A look back on legacy

For the past forty years, the UNC system’s 16 universities have upheld the state constitution’s mandate to keep the cost of education affordable.

Erskine Bowles

Former UNC-system president. Bowles became UNC-system president in 2006 after an extensive public servant and business career. He was born in Greensboro, N.C. and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1967.

Prior to becoming president, Bowles was part of former President Bill Clinton’s administration. In 1993, he was appointed director of the Small Business Administration. In 1994, he was appointed deputy White House chief of staff and in 1996, chief of staff.

Following his years in the White House, Bowles became a partner in Forstmann Little, a private equity form in New York City. He also ran twice for a U.S. Senate seat (in 2002 and 2004). Prior to his White House years, he founded and acted as chairman and CEO for a Charlotte-based investment firm, later known as Bowles Hollowell Connor and Co., and also founded Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital company, and Carousel Capital, a private equity company.

Bowles has also shown his commitment to public service by holding leadership roles in organizations intended to bring economic development to rural North Carolina as well as Carolinas Medical Center and Duke Endowment. He was an instrumental force in efforts to create a center in Charlotte for studying Lou Gehrig's Disease and held a leadership role in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Right man for the job: Bowles right for role leading de?cit committee

Erskine Bowles is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.And he was a good choice to serve asa co-chairman of the Obama Administration’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. As he finishes his tenure as president of the UNC system, he will also be spending time where his expertise is equally, if not more, needed.

Erskine Bowles announced his  retirement from UNC last Friday.

Bowles to draw on experience

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles played a key role in balancing the federal budget in 1997. President Barack Obama is asking him to step up once again.Obama signed an executive order Thursday that establishes a bipartisan federal commission responsible for crafting a plan to reduce the federal deficit.

Erskine Bowles, 64, announced that he will retire after nearly five years with the UNC system.

Erskine Bowles to retire as UNC-system president

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles announced Friday that he will retire from his post at the end of the year.The search for his successor will be launched in the next couple of weeks, but Bowles said he is prepared to stay until a replacement has been chosen and the transition is complete.

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles

Erskine Bowles announces his retirement

10 A.M. FRIDAY — UNC-system President Erskine Bowles announced this morning that he will retire from his post at the end of the year.The announcement was expected. Bowles, who took the job in 2006, repeatedly said he only intended to hold the position for five years. Bowles turns 65 in August, the customary age for the system president to step down.

Tuition could rise if state won’t budge

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles is hinging his tuition plans for the system on a legislative repeal that is not guaranteed — and it could mean that tuition would increase.Bowles has requested that the N.C. General Assembly swap its plan to retain tuition revenue for the state’s general fund with his proposal to give the money back to the UNC system.

Bowles sends on tuition requests

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles is continuing to promote a lower tuition increase for system schools than the increase proposed by the N.C. General Assembly. Bowles’ recommendations match the ones created by individual campuses in the last few months. All are less than the tuition increase mandated by the N.C. General Assembly at the close of its 2009 session.

Bowling a strike

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles deserves credit for standing up for system schools by pressuring the N.C. General Assembly to divert at least a part of a $200 student tax to the universities, not the state.

Taxpayers ?rst to be protected

Correction (Feb. 28 11:13 p.m.): Due to a reporting error this story misquotes Chancellor Holden Thorp, who actually said the Board of Trustees was likely to support his tuition increase recommendation.

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles, left, and Lt. Gen. John Mulholland Jr. signed an agreement Thursday.

UNC system, Army tout partnership’s potential

A formal partnership between the UNC system and U.S. Army Special Operations Command made so much sense to both parties that it seemed silly to delay it.Only a year after Special Operations Command first approached the UNC system, the two institutions signed an agreement that established the partnership.

Lt. Gen. John Mulholland Jr. will sign an agreement on campus today.

Army to collaborate with system schools

The UNC system and the U.S. Army will launch a new chapter in their already-extensive collaboration today.The two institutions will centralize the interaction between the military and the academic communities when UNC-system President Erskine Bowles and Lt. Gen. John Mulholland Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, sign an agreement before today’s Board of Governors meeting.

Bowles serves as developer director

UNC-system President Erskine Bowles leads the board of directors of the company that was chosen to develop University Square through a closed process.But University representatives said his relationship with Cousins Properties did not have any effect on the decision to hire the company to develop the 12-acre space acquired last year by the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation.