Protestors Madeleine Scanlon (left) and Jen Myers were arrested at the Jan. 26 board of governors meeting.

Protesters seek reform from UNC Board of Governors

Protester Madeleine Scanlon has to complete 24 hours of community service, pay a $180 fine and can’t attend another UNC-system Board of Governors meeting for a year — but much like UNC-system President-elect Margaret Spellings, she says she will not be intimidated.


Board of Governors

The Board of Governors makes policy decisions for the UNC system and all of its constituent institutions. The board also elects the president of the UNC system — currently Thomas Ross — who oversees the system’s administrative affairs. The N.C. General Assembly elects all 32 voting members of the board to four-year terms. There are non-voting members as well, such as former board chairmen, former governors and the president of the Association of Student Governments.

Committees are often appointed to discuss certain issues. Some of those standing committees include one for audits, budget and finance, educational planning, policies and programs, personnel and tenure, public affairs, strategic directions and university governance. 

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Four arrested at BOG meeting

Irving Allen wasn’t expecting to leave the Center for School Leadership Development with a police escort — much less with a criminal charge and a court date.


Four arrested at UNC Board of Governors meeting

UNC Public Safety officers arrested and charged Irving Allen, Femi Mimi Brown Shittu, Jen Myers and Madeleine Scanlon with disrupting an official meeting and resisting arrest, according to a Facebook post by Bryan Perlmutter, director of Ignite NC, an activist organization focused on social justice issues in the state.


Lou Bissette

Q&A with BOG Chairperson Lou Bissette

The UNC-system Board of Governors selected Lou Bissette as chairperson of the board in December, replacing John Fennebresque, who resigned in October. Daily Tar Heel Assistant State and National Editor Corey Risinger talked with Bissette about future goals and ways to reform the board in the new year, following frustrations with closed meetings and a lack of transparency in 2015.