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It's official: UNC BOG votes unanimously to install Margaret Spellings as system president. #ABC11Eyewitness— Stephanie Lopez (@LopezABC11) October 23, 2015
Students held up signs that read "We need a system that represents students," and "#ShutDownBOG."
UNC-CH geography professor Altha Cravey held up a protest sign through Spellings' entire introductory speech.
Cravey's sign read "BOG = Bully Boys," on one side, and "AAUP shared governance" on the other. AAUP is short for the Association of University Professors.
Cravey, alongside the Faculty Assembly and students, expressed concern over the Board's selection process. They said the Board dismissed both faculty and student opinion in the presidential selection process.
They were absolutely left out And Fac Assembly written statement spells out why this is a Sad day for all in NC https://t.co/u1uXXbxwy9— Altha Cravey (@LocoCravey) October 23, 2015
Cravey and UNC students also said they were concerned about Spellings' previous experience in the Bush administration. Her role in "No Child Left Behind," left some fearing the use of testing metrics to implement budget cuts.
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"I know what it takes to build a university like this," Cravey said. "I know that it is not something you can measure in short-term quarterly reports, as Pat McCrory and Margaret Spellings want to do."
Some UNC students, like senior Jack Largess, attended the meeting to defend their Liberal Arts education and support the Faculty Assembly in their concerns about "open access affordability, attention to innovation and creativity, and promoting the public legacy."
Largess says he hopes the new president won't view students as "job takers," but rather "job creators."
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