UNC System President Margaret Spellings Leaving Post Early

CHAPEL HILL – Years before her current five year contract was to expire, the UNC System President is leaving the post early, according to sources, after two years of dealing with high profile issues such as H.B. 2 backlash and Silent Sam hysteria.

From News & Observer:

“UNC President Margaret Spellings will leave the job, after only three years leading the university system, according to three sources, including one with direct knowledge of the situation.

In recent days, Spellings has quietly negotiated her departure with the UNC Board of Governors. Sources close to Spellings said she wanted to leave the post and return to her home state of Texas. The timing is unclear, but it could be early next year, sources said.

The former U.S. education secretary under Republican President George W. Bush, Spellings was hired in 2015 after the UNC Board of Governors forced out the previous president, Tom Ross, a Democrat. The search was mired in controversy and infighting among members of the UNC system’s governing board. Still, Spellings was viewed as big hire for North Carolina — she was a national name with connections and Republican bona fides.

She started in March of 2016 at an annual salary of […]”

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