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President’s Posts

President Spellings blogs regularly about UNC, higher ed issues, and life in NC.



A selection of news clippings, articles and media showcasing the work of the UNC system under President Spellings



A listing of scheduled appearances and addresses open to the public





A variety of photographs available for download and media use



Official Portrait of UNC President Margaret Spellings

Nationally known as an education thought leader and public policy expert, Spellings most recently served as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where she planned, managed, and implemented programs on economic growth, education reform, global health, and special initiatives focused on women and military service.

Spellings previously served as President and CEO of Margaret Spellings & Company and as President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she directed an aggressive competitiveness and workforce-readiness agenda and offered strategic guidance to a number of philanthropic and private sector organizations.

Spellings brings to UNC extensive experience at the highest levels of the United States government. From 2005 to 2009, she served as the U.S. Secretary of Education, overseeing the creation of the Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education, which recommended a national strategy to guide colleges and universities in preparing students for the 21st-century workforce, and implementing No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a national bipartisan initiative to provide greater accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students. From 2001 to 2005, she was Chief Domestic Policy Advisor for President George W. Bush.  Before her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and held key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.

Spellings is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also received an honorary doctorate and Distinguished Alumna Award from the university in 2006. 

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The Perils of Trashing the Value of College

In 1829, as the North Carolina legislature debated an expansion of public schooling, a concerned citizen dispatched a letter to The Raleigh Register. "Gentlemen, I hope you do not conceive it at all necessary that everybody should be able to read, write, and cipher," he wrote. Such luxuries might be defensible for future lawyers and doctors, "but if a man is to be a plain farmer, or a mechanic, they are of no manner of use, but a detriment."

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UNC’s plan seeks to close the gap between the ‘two North Carolinas’

As longtime engines of economic growth and civic progress, our state’s public universities are retooling to do just that. Since our nation’s founding, North Carolina’s public universities have delivered a transformational education for some. Today, we must do the same for many, many more in a way that is more convenient, accessible and affordable for all.

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Tax Reform That Students, Colleges, and Our Country Can’t Afford

As lawmakers in Washington work to enact the most extensive tax reform in a generation, they must be wary of unintended consequences for the nation’s colleges and universities. As president of the University of North Carolina system and a former U.S. secretary of education, under President George W. Bush,  ...

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Margaret Spellings: The "A" Word Interview Series on Accountability The Bush Center Oct. 31, 2017

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings shares a national leader’s perspective on accountability.

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9/30: A Conversation with Margaret Spellings

WRAL's David Crabtree interviews UNC President Margaret Spellings.

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President Spellings releases statement on UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant

“It has been a distinct privilege and pleasure to serve alongside Chancellor Grant for the past 18 months,” said UNC President Margaret Spellings. “Mary exemplifies integrity, innovation, and strong character... "

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President's Report – January 2018

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


President's Report – December 2017

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


President's Report – November 2017

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


Spellings Commission Keynote, September 26, 2017

George Watts Hill Alumni Center


PRESIDENT’S REPORT – September 2017

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


UNC President Margaret Spellings’ North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Speech

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

*- The Official Bio and Official Headshot of Margaret Spellings on this webpage, https://www.northcarolina.edu/unc_president_spellings, is available for reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).

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