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When Carol Folt gave her first big speech as head of North Carolina's flagship public university, she praised lawyer Julius Chambers, who battled segregationists in court, and she lauded legendary basketball coach Dean Smith's civil rights advocacy. The Tar Heel titans "worked across differences for the common good," she said in 2013.

Margaret Spellings will vacate her position as UNC system president March 1, 2019.
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UNC System President Margaret Spellings has resigned after three years as the leader of the 17-campus system. Today, the Board of Governors voted to accept her resignation in an emergency meeting and agreed to a separation package that totaled more than half a million dollars. Spellings, whose hiring was met with protests, will be stepping down on March 1, 2019.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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The UNC System Board of Governors has approved the terms of separation for UNC system president Margaret Spellings after a two-hour closed session Friday morning.

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

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How to make higher education more accessible and affordable makes for some heated debate. UNC President Margaret Spellings and her counterpart in the community college system joined the House Speaker in Charlotte last week to discuss that. There was a lot of agreement on stage, but among North Carolina policy makers the topic has come with some tension. 

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UNC System President Margaret Spellings and her community college counterpart shared a stage in Charlotte last night with House Speaker Tim Moore. They fielded questions about how to make higher education more affordable and accessible. 

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UNC System President Margaret Spellings took a tour or UNC Charlotte’s campus Monday and talked to students as part of her promise to visit all system campuses when she was hired.

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Chancellors at a dozen UNC system schools are getting pay raises of between 8 and 19 percent. 

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois received one of the biggest raises at $63,000.  His base salary is now $388,000. NC State’s Chancellor Randy Woodson received a $70,000 raise and UNC Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Carol Folt a $50,000 one. 

By Dave DeWitt, NC Public Radio

The UNC Board of Governors has hired a new system president. Margaret Spellings comes to the job from Texas, where she is currently the director of the George Bush Presidential Center. She served the second President Bush as education secretary and political advisor.

Margaret Spellings has spent her professional life in the eye of the political storm. And if today’s announcement and reaction is any indication, it’s not going to get any less windy.

First, let’s start with those who believe they have hired a “game-changer.”