Regarding the Jan. 17 news article “ UNC president forced out”: When I first heard that UNC’s Board of Governors was relieving Tom Ross of his duties as UNC president, I was astounded. What scandal can he have possibly been involved in?
As I heard more, I grew increasingly incredulous: “Most of the Republican-heavy board were not members when Ross was appointed in 2011.” What? How could political affiliation affect a decision about educational leadership? I didn’t even know which box Ross checks on his voter registration card.
But as I read the article, I had to acknowledge the sad truth. In sum: Members of the BOG and others characterized Ross as “wonderful, fantastic, exemplary, honor and integrity ... innovation, leadership.” The BOG said only that it was time to begin “the process of leadership transition.”
Claiming that they were seeking a president who could bring other assets to the position, the BOG acknowledged that it did not know what qualities it is looking for. Political affiliation after all?
Most disturbing was the suggestion that Art Pope’s name has been floated as a possible successor. And I do know which box he checks on his voter registration card.
Bob Howell, Southern Pines