Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 512 on Thursday, which aims to change the appointment structure of several North Carolina public boards and commissions — including the UNC Board of Trustees and UNC System Board of Governors.
The N.C. General Assembly passed the bill on Aug. 17, and Republicans could override the governor's veto because of their supermajority.
“Fundamentally, it violates the separation of powers enshrined in the state constitution,” Cooper said in his veto.
What is S.B. 512?
If Republicans use their supermajority in the state legislature the bill would increase the size of the BOT by two members — from 13 to 15.
“There’s always a tremendous amount of work to do, overseeing the University, and anybody that’s so inclined that wants to help out with that, I welcome their addition,” Trustee Perrin Jones said.
Under the new bill, six members would be appointed by the General Assembly and eight would be elected by the BOG. The final, ex-officio member is the UNC student body president.
In June, the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina released recommendations to strengthen the NC public university governance system.
The full report suggested increasing the size of each university’s Board of Trustees to 15 members, excluding ex-officio members. Seven would be appointed by the BOG, four by the General Assembly and four by the governor.