The sentiments in firm support of UNC system President Tom Ross come copiously from tenured professors, including the Feb. 8 Point of View “ What tenure protects” by Dr. Michael Schwalbe. .
I am cognizant of the plan by the UNC Board of Governors to introduce a three-pronged approach to select the next UNC president in 2016. This innovative plan involves a committee to define what qualifications and experience the BOG wants in a person competent for this job of humongous responsibilities to govern 16 UNC campuses, a second committee to narrow down the applicant pool to recommend a list of selected few and the search committee to choose the next UNC president.
In light of the political climate prevailing in today’s North Carolina government, it is prudent to introduce the “tenure” for the next UNC president and such a plan will alleviate politics in our higher education system.
Having been a tenured professor in the UNC system for two and a half decades (1976 to 2001), I am abundantly aware of the importance of tenure.
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Robert Y. George