President’s Posts

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

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. 

Contact the President 

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Media

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.

More information can be found here: https://www.northcarolina.edu/cic.

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.

Appearances

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

Mar
31
2017

Deil S. Wright Lecture

School of Government, Room 2601, UNC-Chapel Hill

Mar
03
2017

President’s Report – March 2017

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

Jan
13
2017

President's Report - January 2017

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill, NC

Dec
16
2016

NC State University Commencement

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

*- 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).