A selection of news clippings, articles and media showcasing the work of the UNC system under President Spellings
Nationally known as an education thought leader and public policy expert, Spellings has led the UNC System into a new period of performance, affordability, and growth with a focus on improving economic mobility, ensuring accountability, and advancing the public good.
Since becoming president of the 17-institution UNC System on March 1, 2016, Spellings has overseen a strategic planning process that won unanimous approval from the UNC Board of Governors for its roadmap titled Higher Expectations. That roadmap has led to unprecedented performance agreements at each UNC System institution which outline measurable goals and metrics to advance key UNC System priorities like improving graduation rates, reducing achievement gaps, and ensuring access for students of every background.
During her time as president, Spellings has worked with the Board of Governors and the NC General Assembly to ensure college affordability by putting a lid on tuition and implementing NC Promise, the state’s bold initiative to reduce tuition at three institutions to just $500 per semester for in-state students. With renewed trust from the General Assembly, the UNC System received its strongest budget in more than a decade, and with the confidence of NC voters, the UNC System has moved forward the ConnectNC Bond, which is enabling transformational progress at each of the 17 institutions.
Spellings brings to the UNC System extensive experience at the highest levels of the United States government. From 2005 to 2009, she served as the U.S. Secretary of Education, where she oversaw the creation of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which shifted the national conversation around colleges and universities, and implemented the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a national bipartisan initiative to provide greater accountability for public K-12 schools. From 2001 to 2005, she was Chief Domestic Policy Advisor at the White House for President George W. Bush.
Beyond her service at the federal level, Spellings served as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, as President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and at the state-level in Texas politics. She served as a senior advisor to then-Governor Bush of Texas, as head of governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and in 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..
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President's Report - October 2018
President's Report - July 2018
State of the University: Triangle
New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum: How Higher Ed Reclaims the High Road
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