Winston Crisp: Vice chancellor for Student Affairs (October 2018)
After 26 years, UNC’s Winston Crisp, who served as the vice chancellor for Student Affairs, resigned from his position in October of 2018. Crisp helped assemble the University’s Mental Health Task Force and co-chaired the History Task Force. In his farewell statement, Crisp credits his time as a Tar Heel for allowing him “to have been able to work with some of the most wonderful individuals a person could know.”
Crisp was a 1992 graduate from UNC’s School of Law, and was well known on campus for his presence at orientation sessions, where he would often give out his personal cell phone number to incoming students and their parents. Crisp resigned a few weeks after being interviewed by a law firm for a report, commissioned by the Board of Governors, into the University’s actions on the night of Silent Sam’s toppling.
Emails released by WRAL showed that on the night demonstrators brought down the statue, Crisp texted another administration member, “One can hope,” when asked if he thought Silent Sam would be torn down.
Margaret Spellings: UNC-system President (October 2018)
The former education secretary under George W. Bush, stepped down from her position as the UNC-system president after just three years in office. Following her resignation, Spellings began work as a consultant for a nonprofit organization known as Texas 2036.
Spellings had spent her tenure at odds with many members of the conservative Board of Governors, who were notorious for politicizing the North Carolina higher education scene, many of whom had publicly fought against her policy proposals and efforts at reformation in the past. She left with a $500,000 exit package.
Mark Merritt: UNC General Counsel (December 2018)
Former UNC General Counsel Mark Merritt resigned in December of last year. Before departing, he acknowledged then-Chancellor Carol Folt and the Board of Trustees for allowing him to serve the Carolina community since 2016. "However, I have also missed what I used to do: being an advocate for clients in the courtroom,” said Merritt.