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The Faculty Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday about fears that the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors and others are planning to remove UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.
“I would not ask you to do this unless I believed that the situation was dire and in need of immediate consideration,” Faculty Chairperson Mimi Chapman — who called the meeting Tuesday — said.
Chapman said someone told her on Saturday that they were alarmed after attending a meeting where names were floated for an interim chancellor to replace Guskiewicz. She did not name the source of the information during open session.
Among the names were Clayton Somers, UNC’s vice chancellor for public affairs, and John Hood, a conservative political commentator. Chapman described them as “at best, controversial choices.”
Somers was involved in negotiations between the UNC System and the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans about Silent Sam, which came to light after the 2020 DTH Media Corp. lawsuit against the System and the BOG was settled in February. John Hood is the chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation — which was co-founded by BOG member Art Pope, a conservative North Carolina businessman and millionaire.
When Chapman reached out to Guskiewicz and Provost Bob Blouin on Sunday, they said they had heard the same information from other sources. UNC is in the midst of a provost search after Blouin announced he was stepping down in May. This is one of many roles the University is currently seeking to fill.
Chapman said a faculty member close to some trustees had told her Wednesday that Guskiewicz’s performance would be evaluated in the coming days.
Despite circulating information about the Chancellor’s removal, Chapman said UNC faculty have not been involved in the conversation.