The UNC-system Board of Governors were met with a crowd of students, faculty and community members this morning calling for the dismissal of President-elect Margaret Spellings.
Members of Faculty Forward North Carolina and the UNC-Chapel Hill BOG Democracy Coalition, among others, gathered outside the Center for School Leadership Development in Chapel Hill with signs and posters that read: “Spellings must go!” and “Education profiteer: Can’t lead UNC.”
Board members were largely displeased when the group moved inside the building shortly before the meeting was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The meeting was open, but police blocked access before the meeting started due to the large amount of people trying to enter.
“UNC deserves better," said UNC-Chapel Hill senior Alli Clayton, who came to the protest with a group of friends. “I hope that not only Margaret Spellings, but the Board of Governors realize that we’re actually paying attention to things that are going on, that we actually care and that we actually have power.”
Ajamu Dillahunt, a first-year at N.C. Central University, said many historically black colleges and universities are left out of conversations concerning student debt and institutional funding.