Board of Governors

The Board of Governors makes policy decisions for the UNC system and all of its constituent institutions. The board also elects the president of the UNC system — currently Thomas Ross — who oversees the system’s administrative affairs. The N.C. General Assembly elects all 32 voting members of the board to four-year terms. There are non-voting members as well, such as former board chairmen, former governors and the president of the Association of Student Governments.

Committees are often appointed to discuss certain issues. Some of those standing committees include one for audits, budget and finance, educational planning, policies and programs, personnel and tenure, public affairs, strategic directions and university governance. 

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Board of Governors aims to avoid partisan divide

After its first official meeting of the academic year earlier this month, members of the UNC-system Board of Governors say meetings will not be divided along partisan lines despite the politically contentious appointments of new members in March.

Edit: No minutes, no sense

The Board of Governors’ retreat two weeks ago was dubbed a purely social affair intended to teach new members about “general principles of good governance.” But in electing not to disclose the meeting to the public under the state’s open meetings law, those members are off to a rough start. In defending the decision, UNC-system President Thomas Ross said no official business was discussed. All anyone can do now is take his word for it.

More tuition hikes from BOG unlikely

The chances of an additional tuition increase for UNC-system schools appear to be slim to none. After today’s full Board of Governors meeting, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said he agrees with system President Thomas Ross’ decision to advise the system’s chancellors to avoid supplemental tuition increases.