North Carolina public universities try to support systems president

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The new chairman of the board that governs North Carolina’s public universities has asked members to unite behind the system’s embattled president.

Chairman Harry Smith of the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors urged members Friday to set aside political differences and support President Margaret Spellings amid ongoing disagreements among system leadership.

Spellings is less than halfway through her five-year contract as university system president. The former education secretary for President George W. Bush took over as head of the 17-campus system in March 2016.

The board earlier this month failed to approve Spellings’ nominee for Western Carolina University chancellor. Members also criticized Spellings last year for asking Gov. Roy Cooper to provide additional security to address protests at a Confederate monument on the system’s flagship Chapel Hill campus.

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