Regarding the June 2 editorial “A suspicious tuition plan”: As a member of the UNC Board of Governors, I am truly saddened to see the vehement reaction to Senate Bill 873 and its sponsor, Sen. Tom Apodaca.
Apodaca has put forth a thoughtful, visionary bill that has the potential to make a long-term positive impact on five of our public universities in particular and the UNC system in general. He is attempting to address some long-term, systemic issues within the system and to create a viable path forward for some schools that have faced some financial and growth issues.
I know the leadership at all five of the institutions included in the legislation to make college more affordable for North Carolina residents, and they are good, honorable people.
I also know Apodaca to be a good, honorable person, and to suggest that his motivation sponsoring this bill is anything other than honorable is absurd. Apodaca has been willing to consider amendments to make this legislation more workable, and I truly believe that, working together, we can craft legislation that will be a huge step forward for all members of the UNC system.
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Apodaca has shown true leadership to propose a bold effort to create a better university system for North Carolina, and I urge all parties to tone down the rhetoric and work together toward an outcome that will allow not only the five universities to thrive, but the University of North Carolina to maintain its position as the best system of public higher education in the country.
David M. Powers
Member, University of North Carolina Board of Governors; Chairman, Committee on Public Affairs
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