TO THE EDITOR:
The Feb. 10 opinion piece “Keep a close eye on UNC’s new hire — another spokesperson” was an out-of-bounds, uniformed character attack that showed a lack of understanding of the relationship between the University and the legislature.
The piece rightly noted that Clayton Somers, vice chancellor of public affairs and secretary of the University, has only been in the job for one month and therefore his performance cannot be judged, making it perplexing as to why the paper would speculate he would “betray” the University’s values.
As The Daily Tar Heel notes, state funding for the University has been reduced in recent years.
It is precisely for that reason that Chancellor Folt identified the need for a dedicated senior official to coordinate the University’s government relations functions.