UNC-system President Margaret Spellings hosted Breakfast and Conversation Wednesday morning as an informal but on-the-record conversation for media members. Spellings announced her resignation in October, and will officially resign on Mar. 1, 2019. Here are some of the most asked questions by various media members present.
Why did you decide to “bow out early?”
As Kenny Rogers said, “You gotta know when to hold em’ and know when to fold em,” and you know, I just think people are for a time and for a situation, and I think I was absolutely the right person three years ago. We’ve gotten a lot done – a strategic plan, put a lot of infrastructure in place and in a management sense the data dashboards, the data modernization stuff that we’re working on – you know, on and on. It just was the right time to let somebody else have the reigns.
Next week UNC has to give the proposal about Silent Sam. Have you got any indication of what they’re planning to do with it?
I’m eager to get the report like everybody. They’ll unveil that on Dec. 3. I know they’ve done a lot of good homework in terms of accessing the security issues, getting input and thoughts from lots of constituencies. They’ve held public forums, you know, on and on. And they’ve looked at, and are looking at, a set of options that will meet the requirements of the law and maybe some that would require statuary change. So I think they are in the process of doing a really thorough review – one of the things I think is a very interesting question, and frankly an observation about North Carolina generally, is governance, I euphemistically say. You know, are we organized for success? So we’ve got a Board of Trustees, and a chancellor in administration, and a president, and a Board of Governors, and a historical commission and a legislature, so there’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen, and so where that all ends and … whether a decision will stick prior to legislative action remains to be seen.