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

 

Media

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

 

APPEARANCES

A listing of scheduled appearances and addresses open to the public

 

 

GALLERY

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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. 

Contact the President 

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Media

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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Education Matters – One-on-One with UNC President Margaret Spellings

UNC President Margaret Spellings discusses Charlottesville and Silent Sam, her first year on the job, college affordability, UNC’s state support, teacher preparation and more.

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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 ... "

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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 ... "

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UNC System President Issues Statement on Decision to Relocate NCAA Championships From North Carolina for 2016-17

“We are surprised and disappointed by the NCAA’s decision and regret the impact it will have on North Carolina's student-athletes, coaches, athletic staffs, fans, and the North Carolina communities previously chosen to host these championship events. As reflected in long-standing University policy, UNC campuses do not discriminate ... "

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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. ..."

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Appearances

Sep
08
2017

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – September 2017

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

Aug
10
2017

UNC President Margaret Spellings’ North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Speech

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Jul
13
2017

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – July 2017

Asheville, N.C.

May
19
2017

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – May 2017

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

May
05
2017

East Carolina University: Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony Address

East Carolina University

Apr
21
2017

NC Central Technology Institute for Educators

North Carolina Central University

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