CHAPEL HILL – Cary attorney Brent D. Barringer has resigned his seat on the UNC Board of Governors, the policy-making body of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, effective June 20. In sharing his decision with University leaders and fellow Board members, he cited the need to devote more time to family, business, and professional responsibilities and to his wife, Tamara’s, campaign for the North Carolina Senate.
First elected to the Board of Governors in 2003, Barringer was serving a third four-year term that runs through June 30, 2015. During the course of his tenure, he has served as chair of the Board’s Committee on Public Affairs; vice chair of the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs; secretary of the Committee on Personnel and Tenure; and as a co-chair of a Presidential Search Committee. He also has served on the Audit Committee and Committee on Budget and Finance, along with numerous ad hoc committees and task forces. The NC House of Representatives will appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of Barringer’s term.
“For almost a decade, Brent Barringer has been a tireless, passionate advocate for the students, faculty, and staff across our 17 campuses,” said UNC President Tom Ross. “The Board of Governors and the University have benefited greatly from his leadership and dedication, and we are grateful for his long and distinguished service.”
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.