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Statement by UNC President Margaret Spellings: 2018 Budget

“We appreciate that Governor Cooper’s recommended budget includes funding for the University’s top priorities--student success, retaining top talent, and data modernization. We look forward to working with the General Assembly in the coming weeks to build upon the System’s strongest budget in a decade, ..."

Statement by UNC President Margaret Spellings

"As a University, we are resolute in defending civil rights, facilitating opportunities for civil discourse, and teaching students through service- and experiential-learning. We do this in service to the citizens of North Carolina and in honor and celebration of leaders who have gone before. ..."

UNC president: State funding at best in a decade

North Carolina has long benefited from one of the best-supported public university systems anywhere in the country. And the budget state lawmakers approved last month – the best budget for the University in a decade – will help keep it that way, strengthening higher education to meet new challenges ...

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Stand-To: Education and Training Panel

The Bush Institute's Stand-To Education and Training Panel, June 23, 2017.


President Spellings releases statement on the General Assembly’s 2017-19 Biennial Budget

“The final budget released last evening signals greater investment in and strong support for the University and furthers many of the goals of the UNC Strategic Plan—including accessibility, affordability and efficiency, and student success. ..."

SPELLINGS: The chance to rise – UNC's strategic plan will ensure opportunity for all North Carolinians

A few weeks ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a cover story with the headline, “The 2 North Carolinas.” It explained how the state’s historic investment in higher education has paid off handsomely — but not for everyone.

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Spellings: “Make higher education our higher expectation”

“A better educated state benefits us all,” begins Higher Expectations, the University of North Carolina System’s new strategic plan for 2017-2

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Spellings: Advising Corps breaks down ‘college isn’t for me’ myth

First-generation college students face so many barriers: Standardized tests, applications, financial aid forms, deciding which schools to consider – even knowing how a college campus feels. For many, the process can be formidable. That’s where the College Advising Corps comes in, says University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings.

President Spellings releases statement on NCAA decision to return championship events to NC

“We're pleased the NCAA is bringing championship play back to North Carolina and we eagerly await the return of these games. These events are great opportunities to showcase remarkable student athletes, provide an arena for fans to celebrate our state’s proud tradition of collegiate sports, and spur economic activity across our communities and the state. ... "

Public Comment Session Regarding a Proposed Policy Change on Centers and Institutes

The public is invited to a public comment session on litigation initiated and handled by centers and institutes at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, including its Center for Civil Rights, and the North Carolina Central University School of Law on May 11.

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Margaret Spellings’ Statement on the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)'s Decision

“We are pleased with today’s actions by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to return championship games to North Carolina. This is a great week for the state’s student athletes, coaches, and sports fans—indeed all North Carolinians. We commend and thank the ACC governing body for their leadership and look forward to hosting events in the months and years to come.”

Margaret Spellings’ Statement on the Repeal of HB 2

“This is a good day for the state and a positive step forward—specifically for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Carolina—and we applaud our elected officials for the bipartisan manner in which they brokered this compromise. With today’s action and our continuing commitment to equal access and opportunity for all, we have every expectation that, once again, the University will be able to host national athletic events and professional conferences as we have for years.”

After a year at UNC, Spellings appreciates NC’s commitment to education

Earlier this month, I spent an afternoon at Graham High School in Alamance County, sitting in a classroom with Veronica Trujillo-Cuadrado and her students. As a recent graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, Veronica could have taken her degree anywhere.

First Anniversary Interview with UNC-TV

University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings looks back on her first year leading the multi-campus system, shares her passion for education, & talks about her vision & goals for the future.

UNC President Margaret Spellings' Statement on NC House Bill 186

UNC President Margaret Spellings has offered the following comment on NC House Bill 186: “We are in the process of analyzing the legislation and are in regular contact with legislative leaders to advise on the impact to our University communities. We appreciate the legislature involving the University in the discussions—and the bipartisan manner in which they are operating. We maintain our longstanding policies of and commitment to equal access and opportunity and an environment free of discrimination and look forward to a thoughtful and positive resolution for the University. In so doing, we have every expectation that, once again, the University will be able to host national athletic events and professional conferences as we did before the passage of HB 2.”


On Friday, January 27, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO) limiting immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from entering the United States.

Spellings Says UNC Has Been ‘Murky’ on Accountability

Margaret Spellings took the University of North Carolina’s top job under a cloud of controversy. Her predecessor, Thomas W. Ross, was pushed out by the university system’s board last year, and the search that resulted in her hiring provoked outrage for lacking transparency. Three weeks after she started as the system’s president, the state legislature enacted House Bill 2, a widely panned law that affects transgender people and that landed UNC in the middle of a legal scuffle.

Issues That Matter: Margaret Spellings on education

OCTOBER 27, 2016, 8:34 AM | The cost of college is skyrocketing, and outstanding student loan debt totals more than $1.4 trillion. In this edition of Issues That Matter, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who now serves as president of the University of North Carolina, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the education issues the next president will have to address. During President George W. Bush's administration, Spellings helped implement the No Child Left Behind Act.


The attached letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert was sent today (September 16, 2016) by UNC President Margaret Spellings and the chancellors of the UNC system’s 15 NCAA member institutions. The letter reiterates their disappointment at the NCAA’s abrupt decision to relocate seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. It also underscores the University’s demonstrated commitment, as reflected in long-standing system policy, to creating welcoming environments for all college athletes, coaches, staffs and fans.


UNC President Margaret Spellings has offered the following comment on the ACC decision to relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Margaret Spellings: In wake of SB 873 protests, welcoming a productive discussion on UNC future

North Carolina has one of the finest public university systems in the country, built and sustained over two centuries.

Preserving that legacy won’t be easy. It will require strong public support and a willingness to meet new challenges head-on. We should be proud of what we’ve accomplished, but never complacent.

Margaret Spellings: UNC can lead way on curbing college dropouts

David Kirp is right about the tragedy of college dropouts (“The scandal of college kids dropping out,” May 9). Even as we celebrate the thousands of students who earned diplomas this month, I worry about the missed opportunity of those who didn’t make it to graduation day.

UNC System must promote its value, president says

WILMINGTON -- Showcasing the economic impact the University of North Carolina System has on the state is one of the top priorities of UNC System President Margaret Spellings.
Speaking Friday afternoon to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Spellings said the system must do a better job of telling its story, not only for the benefit of taxpayers, but as a tool for business recruitment and economic development.

UNC President Margaret Spellings today (April 22) offered the following statement on Governor Pat McCrory’s proposed 2016-17 state budget

Governor McCrory’s announcements today recognize the value of the University of North Carolina system to our state by recommending strategic investments in our students, faculty and staff.

Spellings Says Controversial LGBT Law 'Sends a Chill' Throughout U. of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina intends to comply with a new, widely criticized state law banning people from using public bathrooms and changing facilities that don’t correspond with their biological gender. But Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, stressed on Friday that doing so “is in no way an endorsement of this law.”

Margaret Spellings: Yes on bonds is a yes for higher education

Since the first public university opened its doors here in 1795, higher education in North Carolina has been of the people, for the people and by the people. I’ve already witnessed that unique pride of ownership.

UNC President Margaret Spellings visits UNC Pembroke

Margaret Spellings may not have received the warmest welcome from some when she took office as the president of the University of North Carolina School system this month.

ROSS: Ensure Spellings’ success

Almost every day, someone asks me how I feel about Margaret Spellings as my successor. After acknowledging that I would have preferred to continue in the role myself, I say to those who ask that we must all do everything in our power to ensure her success.

Welcoming President Spellings with expectations for the best – and BBQ

Let’s welcome President Spellings, our new university system president, and Margaret, our new neighbor in Chapel Hill.

Spellings offers opportunity for North Carolina’s HBCUs

We are at a critical moment for North Carolina’s five HBCUs. Most are facing declining enrollment as competition increases for the best and brightest talent in an ever-evolving economy.

A Letter from the UNC System Student Body Presidents

The UNC System Student Body Presidents are honored to welcome President-Elect Spellings to North Carolina and our University on behalf of the 226,000 students who span our 17 incredible campuses.

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