Our State of the University Tour has crisscrossed the state from Charlotte to Wilmington, from Fayetteville and Pembroke to the Triad. Now I’m heading to Western NC to talk about our goals and the good work our 17 institutions do every single day.
Greetings from the University of North Carolina System,
Mobility, Accountability, and the Public Good
“Pleased but not satisfied” has been my refrain for the past few weeks as we’ve kicked off the 2018 State of the University Tour. It’s how I describe our outlook: we are a strong, thriving System with a hunger for seizing the opportunities ahead.
Many thanks to UNC Wilmington for hosting the second stop of the 2018 State of the University Tour, followed by two days of productive Board of Governors meetings. We appreciate the hospitality shown by the Seahawks.
Yesterday, I delivered the first State of the University speech to a crowd of more than 100 in the UNC Charlotte City Center auditorium and to an extended audience on Facebook Live. In case you missed it, you can watch the archived version or read the speech or join us when the tour comes to your own region.
Here’s look at some of the articles and arguments on my desk as I look forward to my third year as UNC System President.
I’m excited to share some of the conversations from last week’s MyFutureNC meeting, held in Winston-Salem. Representatives from the commission took the opportunity to dive deep into the many barriers students and families face as they try to navigate our educational system. We wanted to know what those obstacles were, where they existed, and what prevented students from succeeding. This discussion was long overdue. We encouraged debate. We challenged one another’s perspectives. And, throughout the day, we engaged in robust discussion on the real challenges ahead.
It’s been a busy month and a busy year in higher education across our state and nation. As we move into the holiday break, here’s what’s on my mind at the UNC System.
Tax reform is now a reality. I applaud the work in Congress to advance a pro-growth agenda, with a more competitive corporate tax rate and a simpler tax code for individuals through a higher standard deduction.
I spent the week with high school students, board members, chancellors, and members of the media while hitting the first anniversary mark of my tenure. It’s my #Friday5 for March.