Following the decision by the UNC-system Board of Governors to extend the deadline to determine the future for Silent Sam from March 15 to late May, there have been no updates from the Board on what to expect from the decision.
Apart from the specific people tasked with working on a plan, members of the Board have not heard much about Silent Sam either.
Jason Tyson, director of media relations for the BOG, said it has been quiet regarding the issue since BOG Chairperson Harry Smith announced the extension of the deadline to the Board.
“These are five very well-qualified members of the Board that have very wide-ranging backgrounds, and I can’t speak for the Board, I can’t make a statement on behalf of the Board on this, but it would seem to me they’ve been tasked with this, and have been given time, and we should see a thorough result,” Tyson said.
After The Daily Tar Heel requested a statement from Smith regarding the upcoming meeting, Tyson said Smith would not be commenting until the group presented their plan. The five members appointed to the group by Smith are Darrell Allison, Jim Holmes, Wendy Murphy, Anna Nelson and Bob Rucho.
Following the BOG’s December rejection of the plan by former Chancellor Carol Folt and the Board of Trustees to house Silent Sam in a new, single-purpose building where it could be historically contextualized, Smith assigned five members of the BOG to work with Folt and the BOT to create a revised plan by March 15. The plan is now in the hands of interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and the BOT.
BOG member Marty Kotis also said he had not heard anything regarding progress on the plan.
“It’s been more that committee has been studying, and the chair has been working on it – they’ve been looking at different options, but they have not presented anything to the Board of Governors. We haven’t received a briefing on it or anything like that,” Kotis said.
After the monument was pulled down by protesters in August 2018, the timeline to present a plan for the monument was extended from Nov. 15 to December after Folt announced the BOT needed more time. The current deadline in late May will take place when the majority of UNC students are not on campus.