They say the size of the BOG, which governs the entire UNC system, is too large at 32 members and that the selection of its members by the General Assembly is questionable.
They also say the current structure might not be adequately meeting the needs of the UNC system's two flagship universities -- UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State -- and cite UNC-CH's recent slips in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings as proof.
But those leaders have been almost mute in saying how the BOG has met the needs of the UNC system's other 14 campuses and how they will be affected.
The call for the study came as a last-minute addition to a Senate bill outlawing the use of racial and gender quota in determining the body's makeup.
A yet-to-be-named independent group will study the BOG's overall structure and governing power and is expected to reveal its findings to state legislators next summer.
The N.C. House has yet to consider the bill, and it is unclear whether it will before the current session ends.
N.C. Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, has been one of the study's strongest proponents, also using UNC-CH's national rankings as evidence for the study's necessity.
But Basnight hasn't discussed what concerns at other campuses also warrant a study of the BOG's effectiveness in meeting the state's education needs.
The silence should raise some eyebrows considering Basnight's district is home to Elizabeth City State University, which has experienced its own fluctuations in rankings.