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Meeting May Focus on Spangler Successor

Posted April 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— UNC Board of Governors Chairman Cliff Cameron has called a special meeting of the 32-member panel on Thursday. Speculation is high that its purpose is to discuss the short list of nominees for president, a post that leads the 16-campus system.

Neither Cameron nor former Gov. James Holshouser, who chairs the search committee, returned reporters' phone calls.

C.D. Spangler Jr., who has been president since 1986, is retiring.

Among those whose names have been bandied about include UNC-Wilmington chancellor James Leutze, former Gov. Jim Martin, U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley, Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, and N.C. Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard. Some were under consideration initially but not did make it to the short list; at this point the nature of the short list is tightly under wraps.

Under an exception to the state Open Meetings Law, the sessions of the eight-member Board of Governors screening committee and of the 14-member search committee have been held in secret.

Cameron's one-paragraph memo calling the board members to Thursday's meeting said, "A personnel matter will be discussed."

It is also possible the matter will move to a vote on the candidate. The post may have been offered and accepted, pending approval by the full board.