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Newspapers Report Calif. Woman Tops UNC List

Posted April 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Several of the state's newspapers report that a woman who holds the number two post at the California State University system is thought to be top choice to head the UNC system.

Margaret Corbett Broad, 56, has been executive vice chancellor of the Cal State system since 1993, dealing closely with 23 campuses, the system's Board of Trustees and the state legislature.

Still, for all her experience, she may not be a shoo-in. She would be both the first woman and the first person from outside the state to assume the post. Her lack of ties to North Carolina has been cited by several board members and observers as a potentially negative factor.

The 32-member UNC Board of Trustees has been called to Chapel Hill today by chairman C.C. Cameron for a "personnel matter." No more information was provided in the one-paragraph memo faxed to the board members.

Speculation has it that the meeting is to hear a report from the search committee. If the board votes and agrees on a candidate today, the new president would address the board immediately after the votes are counted.

The search committee has operated in strict secrecy for more than eight months, and the full board may accept or reject its recommendation.

The new president would replace C.D. Spangler, who is retiring June 30. Spangler, 64, has held the job since 1986. William Friday was the first president of the multi-campus system; his tenure ran 30 years, dating from 1956.

Broad holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Syracuse, a master's in economics from Ohio State, and she is a PhD. candidate in economics at Syracuse.

The California system has a $4 billion budget, and 340,000 students across 22 campuses. The UNC system has a $2.1 billion budget, and 154,000 students on 16 campuses.