When a previous University of North Carolina governing board in effect fired the university’s president (David L. Swain, on July 23, 1868), the university soon closed for four years.
That dire fate is not likely this time, but the university has sustained a severe blow in the forced removal of Tom Ross from the presidency. When Erskine Bowles’ pending retirement was announced, I said I could not think of a better person for the position than Tom Ross. His performance in the office over the past four years has reinforced, not changed, that opinion.
Willis P. Whichard
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