BLS: Awesome Advice for Margaret Spellings

Margaret Spellings
BobLee
June02/ 2016

Pretty SpellingsIf new UNC System President Margaret Spellings a/k/a “that Bush woman” asked me for advice (not as far-fetched a frightening possibility as some might wish), here is what I would tell her:

Relocate (1) The UNC System Headquarters and (2) The President’s Residence OUT OF CHAPEL HILL Immediately! 

Move both physically OUT OF CHAPEL HILL.

The logistics of doing so are incredibly easy.  As I will outline below.

WHOA… Q:  BobLee, where did you find such an attractive picture of Margaret Spellings?.   …. A: NOT in the files of The N&O or WRAL that’s for sure.  They have strict orders to never run “attractive pictures” of anyone they viscerally despise which, alas, includes a LOT of people these days including me.

By doing so, President Spellings, and The UNC Board of Governors would gain much needed credibility (1) across the 17-member UNC System and (2) among the general population from Murphy To Manteo.

The negatives for doing so?  There ARE no negatives to doing so.

BUT BobLee won’t doing so really “piss off” The UNC-CH crowd?

Sure.  So?

There is an hydrological term called super saturation.  An object – say a sponge – can only absorb so much liquid.  Once that absorption point is reached it simply can’t absorb any more.  The earth after multiple days of hard rain reaches “super saturatioHate Spellingsn”.

The UNC-CH crowd has been effectively “super saturated” to despise / loath Margaret Spellings from well before she ever took office this past March.  Very few collective bodies can manifest goggle-eyed “loathing” with the dynamic energy of that portion of the terminally constipated UNC-CH crowd.

It does not matter what President Spellings does or does not do.  The UNC-CH / Chapel Hill crowd is going to despise / loath her To The Max.

The only superficial objection to physically relocating UNC’s General Administrative HQ out of Chapel Hill is thereby eliminated.   The AYES have it.

The UNC General Admin HQ has always been located in Chapel Hill since “kindly old Bill Friday” created the august umbrella body in its current form over 45 years ago.   BECAUSE The Board of Governors, which oversees “The System” had, until about five years ago, always been totally dominated by UNC-Chapel Hill alumni /partisans.

Appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) to provide administrative oversight to the 17-member system, Board of Governors (BOG) members have always reflected the political leanings of the reigning majority of the General Assembly.  For 40 years a Democratic legislature appointed it’s political cronies to The BOG.  A very high % of whom had very strong emotional ties to the Chapel Hill institution….. i.e. we’re talking hard-core Dan Kane-hating, Carolina Way Tru-believers.

Until about five years ago The UNC BOG was “UNC-CH and the 16 Whozits”.  At one point the 32-member BOG had as many as 25 UNC-CH partisans.   YIKES!   Many of the 17-member campuses have NEVER had a single advocate on The BOG.   The HBCUs had “token representation” as was always the case under Democratic domination.  The 6-8 larger campuses of the 17 still do dominate with their partisans.

I have another awesome plan for diminishing that unbalanced representation, but one Awesome Plan at a time….

Now – 2016 – following several appointment rotations, UNC-CH no longer dominates The BOG with a Carolina Blue iron fist.   There are still a number of UNC-CH advocates but NOT the super-majority as was the case for 40 years.

OK, enough about the incestuous history of The UNC System.   Lets move on to relocating the General Administrative HQ…. OUT OF CHAPEL HILL.

UNC AdminThe UNC System HQ is located on Raleigh Road (Hwy 54) between Glen Lenox and The Institute of Government.   Driving into Chapel Hill on Hwy 54, you can’t miss it “on the Left” (a Freudian slip?)   While “it” may be an impressive edifice at first glance; the building is badly in need of major renovation both structurally and functionally.   Asbestos !  Yikes!  In my plan, the building and mega-valuable land is sold off to a private developer for whatever purpose.   More Roger Perry over-priced condos or trendy eateries?  Hell, sell it to The Wolfpack Club to set up a 24/7 surveillance post.

Yes, I know the Prez’ office and many other admin functions are now in a nearby building within The Friday Center but “moving out of Chapel Hill” is symbolic.

The UNC President’s official manse is located on West Franklin Street adjacent to the UNC-CH campus.  A stately Georgian mansion several blocks from The Morehead Planetarium.   The UNC Chancellor, on the other hand, is provided housing further off-campus in the woods above Finley Golf Course.   In my plan…. The Chancellor will move into the Georgian Mansion vacated by The President and the current Chancellor housing sold off.

A Chancellor should be near his/her campus.  A System President needs to be dis-connected from any one campus.  A permanent manse suitable for a System President’s personal and professional responsibilities can be found in any number of “toney enclaves” surrounding RTP.  Hey, maybe out at The (Board of) Governors’ Club?

In The UNC System all 17 members are theoretically equal; or, at least NOT ONE dominant member and 16 others literally fighting for leftover table scraps as has been the case until 5-6 years ago.

Because the BOG is a state government-related body it should be in reasonable proximity to the NC General Assembly negating moving its HQ to any far-flung area of the state.   Either Downtown Raleigh or Research Triangle Park will suffice.  There are advantages to either scenario.

“What about NC State’s Centennial Campus?” say NC State partisans.  Nope.  That recreates another proximal attachment to one institution to be avoided.

Available space could be purchased or leased and quickly upfitted “in/around RTP”.   “It” does not have to be a dramatic free-standing edifice…. in fact, there is a practical school of thought that the expense of creating such is imprudent.   Modern first-class office space with all the accoutrements necessary IS available.

The sell-off of the current facility will more than cover all relocation expenses with $$$$$ to spare.

All current UNC System staff could be retained as commuting within The Triangle is no hardship.  Any current staff reluctant to do so can resign with their likely superfluous positions eliminated.   A secondary advantage of the relocation.

If you are not already enthusiastically “on-board” this plan…. Just Wait – There’s More.

UNC ProtestorsSurely you have noticed – because Triangle-area media also loath / despise Margaret Spellings & The BOG.  Both are seen as eeeeevil Republicans blah blah blah.   The BOG has been under siege for many months by a small insignificant gang of obscene hooligans epitomizing that aforementioned “we just hate’em because….” mind-set.

While this small insignificant gang of obscene hooligans is in reality truly irrelevant they have been glorified and magnified by an in-cahoots NCGA / BOG-hating media led by McClatchy’s News & Observer and Jim Goodmon’s WRAL – into “sympathetic rebels with an ill-defined cause”.  PUH-leeeze!

Their “cause” ?? is lost amid their screaming obscenities, misspelled signage and deep-seated animosity towards any form of poAltha Craveylite society.   It’s the 2016 version of the same unwashed anarchists that have festered around Chapel Hill / Carrboro since the 70s some still wearing the same tie-dyed tees and chanting the same ol’ mantras over five decades.  These days they are led by a rather scary messianic crone named Altha Cravey.

Because the current UNC System HQ is (1) within easy walking distance from their Chapelboro hovels and communes, and (2) they have nothing else to do, and (3) they get to be media stars…. they congregate each month at BOG Meetings to “do what they do”.

There are only several dozen of’em but they do yell loud and draw media attention in the same way that “Bully” Barber’s Monday mini-mobs” do on Jones Street.  From exactly the same media for exactly the same reason.  Duh!

Moving the UNC HQ 10-15 miles away in RTP will cut the several dozen to ever how many angry snowflakes can fit in a Prius.

This last “reason to relocate” is simply a bonus.

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So President Spellings. That is BobLee’s Awesome Advice.  Oh, and I have already discussed all this with a number of your BOG members.  THEY LOVE IT!

Hang in there “Bush Woman”.

NOTE:  If you take away nothing else from this…. please remember that Spellings DOES “have an “s” on the end.

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  • PTH Reply
    11 months ago

    I would place an emphasis on several issues, of a similar nature to the location of the NC Public University System office. I believe it has been discussed on this blog as well as the NC State blogs and others, that a more diverse BOG with regards to representation more likely to give all system members a voice is desperately needed. I also believe a name change is in order. It should not be the UNC system, it should be a generic name, such as North Carolina Public University System. I would, however, settle for The NC State University System, or The ECU System, or The Elizabeth City State University System. I also think they should change the name of that damn begging PBS TV Network. Maybe more petty NCSU people like myself would donate and they wouldn’t have to beg so often. I fortunately live in an area where I can pick up other PBS stations and I will never willingly donate to anything that has UNC in its name.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      I agree “The System” has grown far beyond “UNC-CH & The Whozits” and should reflect that group-identity in all ways. Franklin Streeters will piss & moan at all attempts to do so of course… but they piss & moan & strut any way.

    • blue ghost Reply
      11 months ago

      As stated in a previous post, I have asked Ms. Spellings on more than one occasion to move the physical location of the UNC system headquarters. But I never thought about this poster’s suggestion of also changing the name of the organization.

      While “The NC State University System” or “The ECU System” would never fly, I can see the rational for something like “The North Carolina Public University System.” I already can hear the screams from the folks in baby blue, but both the location change and a name change would bring a lot of clarity to what we actually have. It also would help if Ms.Spellings and others in the UNC and UNC-CH administrations would begin referring to the Chapel Hill branch by its real name, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

      • BobLee Reply
        11 months ago

        Or simply as “Chapel Hill” which is how most alumni refer to “where I went to college” anyway.

  • GWC Reply
    11 months ago

    This is a particularly good time to actually consider the relocation of the UNC System HQ to the Research Triangle Park because the Park is on the verge of major changes that might make it an ideal location for the System outside of Chapel Hill . The Park is adding residential , commercial , dining , hotels and other general amenities that might be a good fit for UNC as a lead tenant or anchor HQ . Smedes York (degrees from both NC State and UNC-CH ) is current Chair of the RTP Foundation and any serious plans along these lines should be advanced to him or to Bob Geolas the Park CEO .

    Another good choice for a neutral location might be Hillsborough adjacent to the new UNC Hospital near the intersection/split of I-40 and I-85 .

    Chapel Hill was the natural site for the new UNC HQ back when it was just three schools (UNC-CH , Women’s College and NC State ) but perhaps it’s a poor fit now .

    The residence of the Chancellor of UNC-CH was an estate gift to the University by George Watts Hill Sr. and the late Chancellor Hooker was the first Chancellor to live there . The location may not be technically on campus but even short legs can walk from there to Boshamer and Kenan Stadium , Venable , Wilson Library , Cobb Dorm , the Law School , Institute of Govt. , South Building , the Hospital , Playmakers’ Theater ,The Carolina Inn etc. Plus the Dean Dome with all those banners !

    An “important ” question , if the System HQ were moved out of Chapel Hill would the System Head still have those prime seats at Kenan and in the Smith Center ?

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Great Info GWC. Thanks. As for the “great seats”, as long as she/he has similar accommodations at all 17 member institutions. 🙂

  • oldwuf vet Reply
    11 months ago

    Excellent idea. A strong symbolic move. Blue Ghost’s comments were very helpful. Beck’s patronizing comments about other system schools were typical and expected. His smack at ECU got my attention, “nursing school”. Uh, they also have a medical and dental school; both resisted strongly by the UNCCH crowd. Sorely needed because UNC wasn’t graduating enough Doc’s to meet the needs of non-urban(affluent) NC communities. ECU immediately established dental clinics staffed with faculty and students in severely underserved areas of NC(ours was one) to provide desperately needed dental care. Along with producing needed family and general Practitioners it appears that ECU may be doing a better job of benefitting communities in NC.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      The column was reprinted today in The Chatham County Journal. It will likely draw criticism from rabid UNCers “because”. Which only reconfirms the validity of the recommendation. The UNC System belongs to ALL of the people of UNC.

  • Doug Reply
    11 months ago

    Learning experience on the progressive version of tolerance. Everyone should be tolerant as long as it agrees with a certain worldview but intolerant if it doesn’t. Thanks got it now.

  • Bob Hooks Reply
    11 months ago

    You hit pay dirt on this one. I think I need to reread most of this to understand everything in the comments. But did you get call a “Liberal UNC homer” ? My head exploded and I will read slower for better comprehension. You proposition is well founded and I think it should be done.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Not hardly. A rabid UNC partisan was outraged that I would even suggest such a ridiculous idea. His several rants provoking a response from “blue ghost” about him being the poster boy for The Carolina Way.
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      Even Kennel and I agree on moving the HQ. 🙂

  • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
    11 months ago

    BL, you are putting out too many good columns to respond to each one individually. The President residence, BOG, and General Administration real estate discussion move is an excellent piece, and absolutely worthy of general consideration plus specific thought by President Spellings (and her new advisor). You also seem to have picked up a new anonymous fan who also has some interesting points.
    Yesterday, I had a good talk down at the Legislature with one of your BOG sources and a good mutual friend. I’ve spent two days at the Legislature with our Alumni Council colored basketball opposing the “tuition” cut for the HBCU’s from a both a process and factual basis. Guess it’s up to WCU and UNC-P to make whatever case they want to make now.
    Personally I agree we should move GA offices, but would encourage RTP rather than downtown Raleigh (both for parking reasons and more so for meddling Legislator reasons).
    On a more local basis, had a good talk with Mrs. Mabel Mock, widow of Kinston’s Coach Frank Mock, who was celebrating her 99th birthday and still living in Kinston in the home they had in the 1950’s. She has invited George Whitfield and me down to her home in several weeks to just sit and talk. Very bright and sharp lady. Would you like an invitation?

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Well TBK I figured this one was way too juicy for you to pass up. Indeed R.Beck is quite the verbal dynamo and seems to share your general belief that The NCGA, BOG, Margaret, and PatMc are Satan’s Spawn. But you and he seem to differ somewhat on the HQ Relocation issue. I’m fine with either RTP or “Downtown” and could make a case for either. I will go with RTP as a courtesy to you.
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      I never knew Mrs Mock. He (Frank) was Principal when I came along. I knew him as well as a “good kid” knows a Principal but don’t recall meeting her. Give George Whit my regards.

  • R. Beck Reply
    11 months ago

    UNC will never and should never stand for being represented by a president whose stated personal beliefs about say, the LGBT community, stand in direct opposition to the policies of a university which is not only philosophically but legally bound to openness and diversity. Her beliefs would fit in better at Bob Jones U than at UNC.

    As much as she would like to install bathroom monitors at every public restroom, she finally realized that enforcing HB2 at any UNC campus would in fact be illegal. Not sure why the legislative body ruling in Raleigh haven’t come to the same conclusion, but that realization will soon be forthcoming.

    The prevailing politics of the UNC system should reflect the prevailing politics of the majority of its students. They believe in openness and diversity and want a leadership that reflects those values. Spellings, Pope and the HB2 crowd will very soon be shown to be on the wrong side of history.

    Removing Spellings from the direct daily contact with that fact will do nothing to “fix” things. It will just exacerbate an already inflamed situation. Not to mention her beliefs, along with McCrory and others, that an education in the arts or history or philosophy has no value because in their eyes those kinds of educations don’t lead directly to jobs. The goal of a university like UNC is to educate, not train, but Spellings and those in Raleigh seeking to undermine the UNC system are too dumb to know the difference.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Thanks again for airing your strong opinion. I believe you represent a dogmatic POV that is not uncommon at all among hard-core UNCCH partisans of the very liberal persuasion. Your ilk believes the UNC System and all its 17 member institutions and alumni should see socio-cultural issues as you do… or else. … I am calling you out on THAT.
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      Maybe your POV prevails with your acquaintances and is not uncommon in Chapel Hill and with a loud faction on the UNCCH campus. But much less so across The System and certainly much less so across this state among all its taxpayers. The UNC System which Margaret Spellings manages and her BOG represent the ENTIRE state and not simply “the Franklin Street POV”. That Margaret Spellings may not have Carol Folt’s POV is fine. Carol Folt is UNCCH’s Chancellor… Spellings is not.
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      With the UNC System HQed in Chapel Hill it is/was easy to assume it sees academia and society thru the same dogmatic goggles that many Chapel Hillians do… but likely not people in more “diverse” ideological areas of this state. You may not “live” in Chapel Hill but you post like someone who would be comfortable doing so.
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      I would be curious how you view NCState or ECU as academic institutions? NCState, as a land grant institution, has a different “mission” as far as “education”than does UNCCH. Is that acceptable to you? The HBCUs certainly have different “missions”. The UNC System is NOT and never was supposed to be simply an extension of the UNC-Chapel Hill Worldview. It is unfortunate that you appear to have that opinion.
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      With my suggestion of moving the HQ to a “neutral site” you and yours will still be able to hold and express your POV and, I am sure, “Chapel Hill” will always be “different” from Lumberton, Culowhee, Greenville, Elizabeth City et al. Thanks again for sharing with us.

      • R Beck Reply
        11 months ago

        NC State is a great university. Textiles, veterinary medicine, engineering – all NC State strong points. ECU has a fantastic nursing school. What makes the UNC system so great is that each campus caters to different student demographics, different fields of study, different career goals, etc.

        UNC is of course the birthplace of the system and the nation’s oldest public university and as such is held, not just by “liberals” and former students but by a large portion of the state’s and in fact the country’s citizens, as the beacon and exemplar of what higher education unfettered by the bonds of closed-minded politicians and ideologues can be.

        The UNC system is not and never was supposed to be an extension of the NC State worldview either. And thank goodness for that.

        The UNC “worldview,” such as it is, largely has room in it for the NC State worldview. And of course it openly welcomes the diversity that the HBCU’s represent. The NC State worldview, taken as an ideology, doesn’t grant the same privilege to either. This can be seen in the recent attempts by those in the legislature, as representative of the NC State worldview. to defund HBCU’s by stealth. They’d rather “those folks” not have the same educational opportunities that HBCU’s have historically given them, but rather believe they’d be better off going to truck driving school. The legislative efforts to cut tuitions at HBCU’s and then, most believe, to cut state funding, is a thinly veiled effort to turn those universities into trade schools. At least they gave up the notion of changing the names of those schools, realizing that might lift the veil a little sooner than they’d like.

        It has been said that “the truth has a well-known liberal bias,” in jest of course, pointing fingers at those who look at facts and write them off as ideology. I’m not a hard-core UNC partisan nor even necessarily of the liberal persuasion. I’m an old white guy, Tar Heel born, who’s been registered Republican such since I turned 18. But I’m also not blinded by ideology to the truth. Those who opposed gay marriage have found themselves on the wrong side of history. Those who support HB2 will soon find themselves dwelling in that same house. Regardless of how much the majority might want it right now, they cannot legislate slavery back into existence either, nor vote away civil rights.

        Did the taxpayer’s opinions of what UNC stood for suddenly change in 2010? I think you’re mistaking the loud voices coming from Raleigh as necessarily representing the views of their supposed constituents. Just because you’re voted into office and continue to stay there by whatever gerrymandered means you can set up doesn’t mean your every point of view is that of a majority of the “taxpayers”. And don’t forget, those crazy liberal students whose points of view you so casually dismiss today, they’re the taxpayers of tomorrow. They represent the direction the state is heading more than old white folks like you or I do. I’m just awake enough to realize it.

        • BobLee Reply
          11 months ago

          Well, Hi There… I have relabeled your earlier Facebook comments so our audience can figure out whats going on.
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          I’m going to pass on your venomous condemnation of all things Repub (except yourself apparently), other than to remind one and all that neither the term nor the practice of “gerrymandering” was created in 2010. It has a long history in this state as Mel Watt and David Price among others will attest. Moving along…
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          That PatMc and Margaret and The BOG and The NCGA are, in your opinion, all Satan’s Spawn does not address the question of relocating the UNC System HQ off of any member campus to a “neutral location” as well as relocating The UNC President’s manse. Doing so certainly won’t interfere with your rights (or the right of Altha Cravey or The UNControllables or Gene Nichol) to do/say what you and them do and say. That relocation would simply give the other 17 UNC System members a more “warm & cozy” feel that it is their system too. Give the System a bit more “Diversity”. Surely you are in favor of “Diversity”… no?

          • R Beck
            11 months ago

            Well, if they can’t stand the heat, I suppose they could get out of Chapel Hill. I’m of the opinion that save the few occasions on which they have to face the opposition, they actually love being there and would hate to relocate. Mrs. Spellings, were she to dwell there long enough, might actually attain the kind of enlightenment we hope our students do. After all, she only has a BA, so there is plenty of room for her to expand her own educational horizons, and at what better place than one of the highest ranked public universities in the country, in a city where she just happens to live? She could even get in-state tuition.

          • BobLee
            11 months ago

            Actually the impetus to relocate to a neutral setting comes more from the other 17 member institutions than from Pres Spellings. The issue has been discussed among those several groups you so despise. …. I know many of our readers would LOVE to hear your views on the long-running academic-athletic unpleasantness at UNCCH, Dan Kane et al. I’m betting you have an “interesting” take on that too.

          • R Beck
            11 months ago

            Was also wondering why your little on-site bio claimed you were “non-partisan”. Did someone who doesn’t know you write it?

          • BobLee
            11 months ago

            Because I don’t care all that much for any of the local institutions and their overly-caffeinated supporters. Ergo I have no partisan POV. I discuss Human Foolishness wherever it sprouts. UNC / Chapel Hill are always a ready source of column fodder. Same with political figures. Ask John “Trainwreck” Fennebresque what he thinks of me.

          • R Beck
            11 months ago

            I think you might need to take a good listen outside the echo chamber. It’s funny how much one can learn from reading their own words as if they were written by someone else. I’m sure you think you’re attacking everyone equally regardless of political persuasion or connection, but a casual observer would find much to disagree with there. You have a real hard-on for UNC and no particular love for “libruls”. Admittedly I haven’t read much of your wit and wisdom, so maybe you’ve attacked John Locke, Art Pope, Phil Berger, Civitas and NC State equally. If so, please point me to the columns, the honorable John Fennebresque notwithstanding.

          • BobLee
            11 months ago

            Well R. 1,000s of folks have endured my echo chamber droning for almost 2,000 columns so I’ll keep doing it and suffer the consequences. I will remain “non-partisan” despite not sharing your devotion for UNCCH or your political animus.

        • blue ghost Reply
          11 months ago

          Now that was quite a rambling diatribe. You are a shining example… some might say a poster boy, of someone who has completely bought into the Carolina Way doctrine of, “you’re OK, but we’re better than you are.” Your feeble efforts to seem complimentary to NCSU and other UNC system components quickly gives way to the revelation of who you are and your liberal way of thinking.
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          Yes, UNC-Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the US, a fact that we constantly are reminded of by UNC-CH sycophants such as you. But that does not make nor has it made UNC-Chapel Hill any better than dozens of other universities that have been established since UNC-CH opened its doors.
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          Your opinion of the Chapel Hill branch of the UNC system is not shared by as many as you pretend. If not for the constant back-patting and self-aggrandizing statements coming from the university its followers, people would understand that UNC-CH is just another fine university like Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina and dozens of other fine universities in this country. And UNC-CH is not the “Public Ivy” or “Harvard of the South” that it so desperately longs to be… not even close!
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          As much as you and other “Carolina faithful” would like to believe it, there is no “flagship” university in the UNC system… just sixteen universities and one high school trying to fulfill the missions granted to them by the legislature and board of governors.
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          You were so gracious to admit that there is enough room in CNC-CH’s “worldview” for the NC State worldview, whatever the heck that means. That was quite a concession. Last I heard, the UNC-CH worldview, THE CAROLINA WAY, had been exposed for the myth that it was. Yes, THE CAROLINA WAY… DEAN’S MYTH. May it rest in peace!
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          By the way, you somehow forgot to refer to your sacred university by its real name, UNC-Chapel Hill. I’m sure that was just an oversight on your part.

          • R BECK
            11 months ago

            Dang BobLee, what kind of crowd you hanging with these days? I thought you used to be a pretty big poster boy for UNC yourself? I must be thinking of another BobLee, one with a little more Swagger.

          • BobLee
            11 months ago

            Never “a poster boy”, but I was a fan who tolerated the Carolina Way mindset until that became intolerable.

  • RowdyBlueTarHeeler Reply
    11 months ago

    GENIUS!

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Thanks… not everyone agrees. 🙂

  • R.Beck Reply
    11 months ago

    From R. Beck
    Great idea Bob. And by extension if the general populace happens to dislike the background/policies/stated leanings of say, a president, leanings which go against the 200+ year philosophy of the foundation whose future they are entrusted with preserving, it would probably also be a similarly good idea if that president just relocated its governing headquarters to another country and sold the White House to the highest bidder. We could probably get some cheap property in the Yukon from which the president could rule on-high.

    Why should those placed in power by a few based on nothing whatsoever but political vengeance, be aware of or viscerally in touch with the students/faculty/parents/population whose best interests they are supposed to represent if they could just dictate policy from a hidden fortress?

    Didn’t realize how much you hated UNC until this ridiculous column. I can only hope it’s a parody.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Thank you for your comments. I prefer to think there are gradients between “hate” and “blind loyalty”. I do not “agree” with the overt political ideology that permeates UNCCH / South Building. I also don’t agree with how UNC Admins have handled the on-going acade-ath “scandal”. I “went to school” there many years ago which IMO does not mean I have to agree with how both UNC and I have evolved since then. … I’m going out on a limb and guess you are not a big fan of Dan Kane either?
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      Your hyperbole of disagreeing with a POTUS versus relocating The UNC System 10 miles is a bit much but nothing wrong with “a bit much”. I often do “a bit much” myself. Relocating The System HQ off of a member campus to more “neutral ground” is hardly moving it to The Yukon. Altha will still be allowed to show up and screech.
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      Appointments to the UNC BOG have NEVER been based on an individual’s background in higher education. Erskine Bowles is on-record as saying… The UNC System is a complicated BUSINESS requiring a different skill set as a board member than an educational advisor.
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      Whether a Democrat donor is more skilled in advising a billion $$$ business than a Repub donor might be is an interesting question to debate. Thanks again for your contribution….

  • REM Reply
    11 months ago

    Why not use the 40k+ sqft building in Raleigh called the Department of Public Instruction???? Overhead, $0, office space,$0, Parking $0, accessable to members and Public $000, downside: another government organization in Raleigh???

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Converting several floors of the DoPE “Pink Palace” would be a FINE idea. DoPE is bloated and overstaffed as is. Clear out 3-4 floors and move The System in there would be “on the short list” of options.

  • blue ghost Reply
    11 months ago

    Last December I wrote the second of three letters to Ms.Spellings:

    Dear Ms. Spellings:

    On October 26, I wrote to you concerning some of the challenges I thought you would have when you take over as president of the University of North Carolina system.

    As I mentioned in my previous letter, the university system in North Carolina is a political football. All members of the board of governors are elected by the most political body in the state, the general assembly. While many board members are well qualified for the job, that’s not always the case. Too many members are owed favors by those who vote them in.

    You, of course, will have no direct role in the selection process. But as president, you may be in a position to convince legislators to put competence ahead of expedience in selecting members of the board. I request that you do whatever you can to fix this problem. Having worked in the political arena, you certainly understand what you are up against.

    The second challenge also involves the selection of members by the general assembly. The university system consists of 16 universities and 1 high school. Yet to many, it often seems to consist of UNC-Chapel Hill and all the others.

    There is a strong belief among administration, faculty, alumni and supporters of the other system universities that the BOG is heavily biased in favor of UNC-Chapel Hill. That view seems to be supported by the fact that the board is overwhelmingly populated with people who have at least one degree from UNC-CH. Currently that number is thirteen… more than a third of its members. By comparison, only four board members have degrees from NC State, which is the largest and the only other research university in the system. While the numbers fluctuate from year to year, the same gross imbalance always remains.

    As president of the UNC system, I urge you to use your influence to convince legislators to correct that imbalance as soon as practical. As much as the folks in Chapel Hill like to claim it, there is no “flagship” in the University of North Carolina system.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Relocating The System HQ would be a highly visible effort to redefine The UNC System as a collection of 17 institution and NOT “UNCCH and 16 Whozits”.

  • blue ghost Reply
    11 months ago

    On February 4, before Ms. Spellings even took office, I wrote the following letter to her. I have received no reply.

    Dear Ms. Spellings:

    In my letter dated December 15, 2015, I mentioned that many in the general public often confuse the University of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And many who know better do the same thing. When people refer to the university at Chapel Hill, almost invariably they just say the University of North Carolina.

    One thing that helps perpetuate the misuse of the university name is the fact that the UNC system is headquartered in Chapel Hill on or adjacent to the Chapel Hill campus. That may be beneficial from a functional standpoint, but it only adds to the confusion over the name. When you officially take office, I hope you will seriously consider moving the UNC offices to another North Carolina city or town. There are many excellent locations from which to choose.

    To many, perhaps even to you, this doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But to those who are affiliated with other system schools, it is further evidence that the system is heavily tilted in favor of the school in Chapel Hill. While moving your offices would not solve the problem, it would be a meaningful step in the right direction.

    Likewise, it would be helpful if you and members of the board of governors would set the example by making a conscious effort always to use the correct terminology when writing or speaking about the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      I can’t require her or anyone to “reply” to your concern… but I will. Obviously I share your concern that UNCCH partisans have had grossly too much influence within The System for most of the 45 years of its existence… for the same reason that a dog licks itself – because they (UNCCH partisans) “could”. It is easy to rectify.

  • Eric Reply
    11 months ago

    This is long overdue. The UNC administration is totally AWOL over there in Chapel Hill. No wonder the legislature has no idea what they are doing. The main problem that needs to be fixed, however, is reforming the BOG. It is bloated with clueless donors to the GOP who have no idea what they are doing or how to fix the corrupt and radically leftwing UNC system. The legislature needs to remove them and start over with a smarter bunch of BOG appointees.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Are “clueless GOP donors” any less competent than decades of equally “clueless Democ donors and cronies”? Your argument on that point is as hollow as suggesting that GOP invented “gerrymandering”.

    • blue ghost Reply
      11 months ago

      It would be a big help if legislators would appoint BOG members on the basis of qualifications rather than friendship and donations to their campaigns, a method that Republicans quickly learned from their Democrat predecessors.

      • BobLee Reply
        11 months ago

        Yes it would. Believe it or not, some of the current BOG are quite sharp, accomplished individuals and fair-minded… as maybe some of those 40 years of Democ cronies might have been. Show me an appointed board where “qualifications” were the only criteria. Show me an elected official not beholding to campaign contributors?

  • Doug Reply
    11 months ago

    There’s another hydrological term called hydrophobic which is the opposite of super saturation (hydrophilic) Hydrophobic soils refuse to absorb water. It beads off, like water slides off a duck’s back. So many hydrophobic minds controlled the UNC BOG culture for years that new or innovative ideas could not be absorbed by the good ole boy network. Any “new” ideas had only to pass ” The Carolina Way” Kool Aid test.

    I like your idea. Anywhere outside the People’s Republic of Orange is OK by me.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      I can make a case for both the Downtown Raleigh Government Complex or RTP.

  • ncsu1987 Reply
    11 months ago

    Under ordinary circumstances I would declare that this idea has so much merit that its chances of implementation are almost nonexistent. This idea, however, is so damned good, I’d love to see this develop some legs.

    And yes, “messianic crone” made me choke on my coffee. At least i didn’t ruin the keyboard this time.

    Oh, and can’t wait for that second awesome plan…

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      My BOG Fair Representation Plan is almost as Profound… but not quite.

  • BC.in.PV Reply
    11 months ago

    I live in Florida and don’t have a dog in that UNC System fight. But your suggestion makes so much sense, where do I sign a petition or hold a votive candle. Good Luck with this one!

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      I’ll keep you updated as this campaign goes VIRAL! 🙂

  • Frank.Linstreet Reply
    11 months ago

    STOP! No More Calls. We have our winner….

    a rather scary messianic crone named Altha Cravey. Imagine if the infamous Gene Nichol transgenderized into identifying as a “she-male”.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Thank you … thank you … I do try to stay current in mixing my topics. 🙂

  • Edward-In-GSBO Reply
    11 months ago

    You answered your own question. Why hasn’t The UNC System HQ been moved out of Chapel Hill? Because UNC-CH FatCats and their Democratic cronies in past NCGAs would never allow such a sensible and obvious action. ….

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Well, yeah. No mystery there. But no such excuse for it not happening NOW.

  • Brent Milgrom Reply
    11 months ago

    Bob Lee, Good idea IMHO, but when you raise this idea please don’t use the American Flag at Kenan ! You might, however want to be the first to announce our first book on the history of Kenan Stadium sponsored by the old UNC football players that is coming out about the same time as we beat those Dawgs from Georgia.

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      That HUGE American Flag in Kenan was YOUR IDEA Mr Milgrom… and is much appreciated by out-of-town visitors on Fall Saturdays… if not by local anti-American anarchists.

  • unctarheel1984 Reply
    11 months ago

    Your proposal is both reasonable and rational which begs the questions, “Who are you and what have you done with BobLeeSwagger?”

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      Blind hogs and acorns…. snuffle long enough and anything can happen.

  • UNCFacultyGuy Reply
    11 months ago

    DAMN. I was on the UNCCH faculty for 30 years and always maintained there should be a physical separation of the UNC System Admin from any campus. I got nowhere, obviously. Now I retire and an Internet Legend picks up the campaign. Good Luck…. it is a VERY SOUND IDEA!

    • BobLee Reply
      11 months ago

      The Key is having your very own website. That and not giving a damn who might get their Fruit Of The Looms all wadded up over this suggestion. 🙂

      • DrVinnyboombatz Reply
        11 months ago

        All I can say to this is to agree that it’s a damn great idea that should have already happened years ago.

        • BobLee Reply
          11 months ago

          Timing is everything. The Democ GenAssem would NEVER have done it. Tom Ross would DEFINITELY never have done it. Now both those impediments are removed.

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