After months of dealings behind closed doors, the UNC system may see new transparency in its search for its next president.
The N.C. House of Representatives passed an amendment Monday that would urge the Board of Governors to present at least three finalists for the president’s job.
Under the current system, the board can withhold the name of the new president until his or her appointment is officially announced — this has raised concerns.
LONG TIME LOOKING
The search for a new UNC-system president continues.
- Current President Tom Ross was forced to resign in Jan. 2015 without explanation.
- The UNC-system presidential search committee met in closed session on Sept. 13 through Sept. 15.
- Concern about BOG Chairperson John Fennebresque’s ability to lead the board sparked rumors about his possible replacement.
“There’s a general feeling of concern in the need for transparency,” said Marty Kotis, a member of the Board of Governors. “I think an open meeting with discussion of the candidate’s qualities, frankly, should have occurred long before now.”
Kotis said increased transparency is important in light of President Tom Ross’ recent departure, the cause of which is still unclear.