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A Lesson in Political Maneuvering: UNC Board of Governors

The new legislative reconfiguration of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors from 32 members to 24 is but a shadow of the 100-member board that existed before a 1971 reconfiguration. Rob Christensen, in the March 18 News & Observer, offers colorful details of that historic change and its place in the state’s higher education history.

Quote of the Week: “Come off the bench and get into the arena. “

North Carolina native David Gergen, whose political history includes work with former Gov. Terry Sanford and then four U.S. presidents, presented a rousing challenge as the commencement speaker for Elon University that provided a panorama of the state’s struggle forward over the past half century, and the necessity for involvement by the young graduates at the critical juncture we find ourselves in now. “Come off the bench and get into the arena,” he urged the young graduates. Read the full speech as published in the May…   Continue Reading »

Legislature’s prerogative?

Another “Legislature-knows-best” bill affecting local governments would allow only the General Assembly to make decisions regarding removal of history-related “objects of remembrance,” as reported by today’s News & Observer.

Lessons from 1888

The 126-year-old book featured in PPNC’s “The State We’re In” is a volume of unique perspective into the early years of this state. And, also unique, the author was a woman! In 1888! Now, in 2014 – 126 years after its publication – it is a keepsake for me because my mother loved it, but also because it is a volume of unique perspective into the early years of this state. And as an extra bonus, it is also special  because the author was a…   Continue Reading »

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