Republican leader Tim Moore is currently serving his third term as speaker and ninth term as a member of the N.C. House of Representatives.
There are also rumors that Moore wants to be considered for UNC-system president — a potential nomination that has mixed responses among the UNC community.
Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper announced he will step down on June 30, leaving the UNC Board of Governors with an open position to fill.
If elected, Moore will become chief administrator for the 17 UNC-system campuses, along with programs including the UNC Health Care System and UNC Center for Public Television.
Moore’s candidacy has been met with opposition. Throughout his time on the BOG and in the N.C. House of Representatives, Moore drew controversy for showing support for anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and overriding a budget veto on Sept. 11, when most Democratic representatives were absent.
While a student at UNC in the early 1990s, Moore served as speaker of Student Congress, once attempting to defund what was then known as the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association while members were absent during Summer Congress.
“Moore was well-known, a polarizing figure in campus politics,” Kevin Kruse, writer and professor of history at Princeton University, said.
Kruse attended UNC at the same time as Moore. Although he did not know him well, Kruse said that Moore had a reputation for leading conservative conversations. This early campus work, Kruse said, draws a clear trajectory toward Moore’s future political career, especially in Moore’s backing of the 2016 HB2 transgender bathroom bill.
Joseph Buckner, chairperson of the UNC College Republicans, said that he has heard many of the negative rumors about Moore, but does not believe they are true.