The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 22 at N.C. A&T University, will be protested by groups like Faculty Forward, Ignite NC and the Board of Governors Coalition.
“I’m apoplectic that anyone could look at her time with the Apollo (Education) Group and Ceannate Corporation and think that she is going to help our public university,” said UNC senior Shannon Brien.
Brien said she was unhappy with how former UNC-system President Tom Ross was fired and how the board chose Spellings behind closed doors. “Even if she resigned and went through a transparent process and was elected again, I’d have more faith to work with her,” she said.
Altha Cravey, a geography professor at UNC and a member of Faculty Forward and the Board of Governors Coalition, said Faculty Forward is strongly opposed to Spellings and how the board has been operating without transparency.
“We are going to try and shine a light on what they are doing and reach out to more people to let people know about Margaret Spellings’ ideology and why some people on the BOG saw it as a way they wanted to go,” Cravey said. “The fact that she calls students ‘customers’ shows us how she wants to turn (the UNC system) into a business.”
She said since the board’s meeting was originally planned to be held at an HBCU, protestors were trying to focus on racial issues.