One of UNC’s largest student groups is challenging Margaret Spellings’ appointment as UNC-system president. The Campus Y released a cabinet statement on Facebook this afternoon condemning the former U.S. Secretary of Education’s selection and the recent activities of the UNC-system Board of Governors.
This follows a University town hall on race and inclusion last week where activists also called for the dismissal of Spellings.
In the statement, Campus Y leadership detailed their grievances with Spellings, who they referred to as a troubling administrator, and the inconsistencies in her selection process.
“She has a pretty well-documented history of LGBTQ discrimination,” Campus Y co-president Vishal Reddy said. “She sat on the corporate board for the parent company of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit institution which has been criticized in the past for preying women, veterans and people of color.”
Since her selection announcement, Spellings has faced criticism for a letter she sent to the president of PBS while she was Secretary of Education, noting that many parents would not want their children exposed to the LGBT lifestyles on one of the network’s shows.