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Wednesday May 31st

N.C. Senate Fills 9 BOG Positions

New members are Anne Cates, chairwoman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees; John Davis, an investment banker from Winston-Salem; Hannah Gage, a radio station executive in Wilmington; and Willie Gilchrist, who serves as superintendent of Halifax County Schools.

Irvin Aldridge, Bert Collins, Ray Farris, Jim Phillips Jr. and Bradley Wilson will return to the board.

Lois Britt, Helen Marvin, Maxine O'Kelley and Robert Owens will be leaving the board.

The new members will start during the summer.

There are 32 voting members sitting on the BOG, half selected by the Senate and half selected by the House of Representatives. The members serve four-year terms. Board members are not allowed to serve more than three consecutive four-year terms.

Incoming member Gage, who served on the UNC-Wilmington Board of Trustees, said her family had a tradition of service to the UNC system.

"My father was on the Board of Governors, but it was then called the Greater University Board," she said. "My grandmother served on the (East Carolina University) Board of Trustees."

Gage, who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975, said she was very excited about winning a BOG seat.

She added that she would like to keep undergraduate tuition as low as possible during her time on the board. "I am a firm believer that the university system must be kept affordable."

The BOG decided March 7 to review the UNC system's tuition policy after voting to raise tuition at six UNC-system schools, including N.C. Central University. The current tuition policy allows UNC-system schools to request tuition increases because of extraordinary circumstances.

Farris, a returning board member, said BOG members supported graduate student tuition increases more than undergraduate increases.

The House is expected to take action on eight BOG members next week.

Rep. George Holmes, R-Alexander, a vice chairman of the House Education Subcommittee on Universities, said the selection process has not started. "We still have to go through resumes, but we'll be meeting this week about our new members."

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