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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Top Secret

Posted May 8, 2008 7:53 a.m. EDT

It’s the best kept secret since Dean Smith’s retirement as basketball coach eleven years ago.  Today’s announcement of the new chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill  follows a lengthy period of silence and secrecy. The school which touts itself as the "people's university" has upset a lot of people by keeping an airtight seal on the selection process.

You can argue that much of the process needs to be confidential to protect potential candidates and cast as wide a net as possible. In previous searches a list of finalists was released. Not this time.

What do you think? Has the UNC Board of Governors been too secret in their search? Should the public have more input in choosing the next leader of a public university such as UNC?