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'UNC Rocky Mount' Bill Is Waiting in the Wings

Posted March 14, 2007

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— The plan to turn North Carolina Wesleyan College into UNC-Rocky Mount is moving forward. There is a bill in the Legislature to start the process if that’s what the university system’s Board of Governors wants to do.

UNC President Erskine Bowles is supposed to get a study on the issue in a few weeks.

Sen A.B. Swindell, D-Nash, and Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, co-sponsored the three-sentence legislation so it is ready to go if the decision is to move the private school into the state college system.

This week is their last chance to file such legislation.

If the board decides it wants marching orders for the assimilation, the bill tells them to start working on it Dec. 1 and to report by March 1, 2008, how it’s going.

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  • godofwar1 Mar 20, 2007

    I live in Rocky Mount and a state college is not what it needs. It needs business like the textiles and old tobacco companies. It's sad but true, but most of the residents are not college grads- and are good blue collar workers. Only problem is there is not to many blue collar factory jobs left here. So they turn to other things (crime/drugs) to make a living. Not to mention a mayor that has been in office for 30 years and has done absolutely nothing to draw in business, while citys like Roanoke Rapids is growing like crazy...?

  • BlindJustice Mar 18, 2007

    Rocky Mount surely needs something. Not sure if a college is what it is....

  • blueridgelab Mar 16, 2007

    Wesleyan has been floundering financially for years with high tuition rates. This will be a great opportunity for local students to attend a state supported school closer to home with affordable tuition Not only that but it will also give a lift to the local ecomnomy by draw new businesses into the area.

    Former NCWC student and NCSU graduate.

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  • kota2947 Mar 15, 2007

    I hope all the help is young enough not to have to be replaced someday

  • Nobody but Carolina Mar 15, 2007

    kota, the college is already there, this is simply a name change consideration. lol

  • kota2947 Mar 15, 2007

    THIS IS WHAT ROCKY MOUNT NEEDS....LOL I HOPE THEY BRING IN HELP FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES,SAMS CLUB HA HA 4000 INTERVIEWS FOR 160 JOBS,AND GOT 145.OH YEAH WE NEED A COLLEGE HERE....LIKE A WHALE NEEDS A TIC TAC

  • Just a thought Mar 15, 2007

    I am sad to see NCWC go the way of all the other "cookie cutter" colleges in North Carolina. I did my degree at Wesleyan and loved the small classes, the individual help, and the great atmosphere that was around me. To say that Rocky Mount needs a good college and that there is no good education for people here is just so wrong. Just because it doesn't fit into your idea of a UNC type college doesn't mean it is a bad college...wouldnt it be nice if we could keep NCWC and also have a UNC type college.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Mar 15, 2007

    I attend NCWC now and we are excited about the possible change UNC-Rocky Mount. This will lower the school price rates as well as give assistance to students like me that have to do alot of paying out of pocket. So YEA to UNC-Rocky Mount!!!!

  • mugofstout Mar 14, 2007

    I think it would be wonderful for Rocky Mount. The city is becoming a haven for ignorance, and a pest hole of crime due to the large amount of refugees from Floyd who were moved there and stayed. They all came from cruddy little towns like Princeville, and stayed to rape and rob. Maybe with a UNC school there the state will help run the scum out.

  • neajalay Mar 14, 2007

    I am an alumni of NCWC. I have mixed feelings about UNC-Rocky Mount. On one hand, I feel that NCWC should stay NCWC but on the other, UNC-Rocky Mount would be a good asset to Rocky Mount.