Internal bickering, Silent Sam protesters mark new UNC board leader’s first month – News & Observer

CHAPEL HILL

Harry Smith, the new leader of the UNC Board of Governors, tried Friday to turn the page from politics to policy for a governing panel that has been known for internal discord and controversy.

He urged the board to come together and unite behind UNC President Margaret Spellings, who he called “a phenomenal” leader.

“Pettiness and politics we will not be remembered for,” Smith said in remarks after his first meeting. “But if we can get focused on some great policy areas that Margaret and I have robust discussions on, then we can enhance the system.”

Earlier, he told the board: “If Margaret has a position that this board does not support, it’s my hope we respect it. She brings a great experience, knowledge, and it’s my hope we recognize that. … I would ask this board to put any history … behind you, hard feelings and come together in a respectful manner. Take the fact, data and detail and make sure we get it right.” (Read more)

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