Burr & Tillis Applaud Selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the UNC Board of Governors for electing former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as the next UNC System President.

“Margaret Spellings will make an outstanding president of the University of North Carolina system,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Her years of commitment to college access and completion, particularly for traditionally underserved populations, and knowledge of the nexus between graduate success and job placement rank her amongst our country’s best education leaders. Spellings also understands how to navigate Washington’s regulatory environment which continues to impose greater burdens on higher education systems across the country. I commend the members for their diligence and commitment to finding the best candidate.” 

“Secretary Spellings is an extremely qualified individual who has the experience needed to lead the UNC System into the next era of distinction,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “The UNC System stands head and shoulders above its peers worldwide, and Secretary Spellings has proven she possesses the level of determined leadership required to tackle the challenges that face higher education today. Secretary Spellings’ commitment to college affordability, accessibility, and accountability is precisely the right set of priorities that will allow our university system to thrive.”