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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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.

Oversight committee passes bill to regulate student fees

A bill that passed through a Student Congress committee Tuesday night would give the full body the power to regulate changes to eight major student fees. In its inaugural meeting, the oversight committee passed the bill, which would give the body the task of regulating certain fees that are first considered by the student fee audit committee. Adam Horowitz, chairman of the oversight committee and the bill’s sponsor, said Student Congress has the right to regulate certain fees, including the student activities fee and the safety and security fee. Article I, Section 4 of Title I of the Student Code gives Student Congress the power to regulate these fees.

Looming budget cuts focus of BOG

But some chancellors said the system might be heading for its own catastrophe if rumors about the 15 percent — or higher — budget cuts come true.N.C. legislators are facing a $2.4 billion shortfall in the state budget, and speculations about cuts to the UNC system are running the gamut — from 5 percent to UNC-system President Thomas Ross’ estimate of 30 percent — as the higher education appropriations subcommittee prepares to release its budget proposal early next week.