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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. ..."

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. ..."

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.”

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.


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.

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