Serving students first
One of the main themes of our service as trustees is looking out for students first. That’s why we took the unusual step in August of publicly opposing expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference to include West Coast schools, which we feared would especially ill-serve our Olympic sport student athletes. The ACC is expanding anyway, and UNC will make the best of it. But our board felt obligated to declare our strong preference to put the interests of Carolina’s students first, which drew widespread attention and appreciation.
Similarly, following the determined leadership of head football coach Mack Brown, we firmly backed the University’s persistent efforts to secure the NCAA’s recognition of the playing eligibility of one of our newest Tar Heels, Tez Walker. Thanks to Trustee Evans and others, Tez can now compete on the field while he continues to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
At America’s first public university, students come first. That is the Carolina Way.
Past Meeting Reports
- In the news: Our commitment to academic freedom and free speech
- — For the 18th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill as the best value among America’s public universities, the nation’s fifth-best public university, and its 29th-best university overall.
- — The University’s football team moved into the top 25 national rankings.
- — The University’s men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 in national preseason polls, while senior big man Armando Bacot was selected to multiple preseason All-America teams and tabbed as the preseason ACC Player of the Year.
- — The University’s women’s basketball team was ranked #12 in preseason polls.
- — The University fields the nation’s No. 1 field hockey team and No. 2 women’s soccer team.