Tom Ross

A jackass or a carpenter?

“Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the long-time speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Lambeth was beginning his tribute to Spellings’s predecessor, Tom Ross. In an evening filled with irony, Spellings and the UNC Board of Governors, with genuine grace, hosted a dinner last Thursday honoring Ross with the university’s highest award, the University Award. The words describing Ross’s leadership and demeanor as a judge, foundation executive, and higher education leader contrasted profoundly...

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Tom Ross Honored with University Award by UNC Board of Governors

UNC President Emeritus Tom Ross is the 2016 recipient of the University Award. It is the highest honor given by the UNC Board of Governors and recognizes exceptional service to higher education in North Carolina; the award is coming from the same board that came under fire for removing Ross as System President over the last 12 months. Ross was honored with a banquet Thursday where friends, family and NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson spoke about his accomplishments. A Greensboro native, Ross graduated from Davidson College and the UNC – Chapel Hill School of Law. He became UNC System...

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Tom Ross Chosen to Lead Group Hoping to Rebuild Public Trust in Government

UNC System president emeritus Tom Ross has been named president of the Volcker Alliance. The organization announced the move on Tuesday. The Volcker Alliance is a “nonpartisan organization formed in 2013 to address the challenge of effective execution of public policies and to rebuild public trust in government,” according to its website. Volcker Alliance founder and chairman Paul Volcker released a statement announcing the appointment: “The strains and pressures on government at all levels are plain to see. Tom Ross’s broad experience in education, government, and philanthropy will be brought to bear on all our efforts to improve government...

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A Conversation with Tom Ross

Tom Ross served as President of the UNC System for five years, up until January 4. His removal from that office was announced in January 2015 and along with the subsequent search leading to President-elect Margaret Spellings both caused protests throughout the year. Ross spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the aftermath of the announcement one year ago.   Listen to part one of the conversation below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/January/15/Ross%20for%20Mon.mp3   Ross also spoke about the search for a new system leader and what it takes to be successful in that role: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/January/15/1-11-16%20Tom%20Ross%20for%20Tues.mp3   Ross shared his thoughts on the status...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Unverified Riveting

Unverified both answers and raises important questions. The much-awaited documentary on the UNC academic scandal premiers at the Varsity Theater Friday night in a private showing. Chapelboro obtained an advance copy from cereator and former UNC athletic tutor Bradley Bethel, and for anyone who loves this university, it is a riveting 90-minute watch that is a must-see. It deals primarily with the many nuances of the complicated, four-year ordeal.  Nuances that Bethel says were largely ignored by the media chasing a sexy, juicy story and did not want to be deterred by the details. Those details, according to Bethel’s own narrative, were also...

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Congressman David Price Thanks Tom Ross Criticizes BOG in House Remarks

Tom Ross’ tenure as the President of the UNC System officially came to a close on Monday. The UNC Board of Governors announced in January 2015 that Ross would be removed from that position. That was the start of an oft-criticized 12 months for the board as it elected former U.S. Secretary of Education under George W. Bush Margaret Spellings to succeed Ross. Fourth District North Carolina Congressman David Price spoke on the House floor on Thursday thanking Ross for his years of service. Price also criticized the decision to remove Ross as president. I cannot fail to note...

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UNC Board of Governors Elects New Chair and Interim President Amid Protest

The UNC System Board of Governors attempted to go about its business in a normal fashion on Friday morning but was interrupted by protests. Protesters gathered outside before the Board of Governors meeting on Friday morning objecting to the selection of Margaret Spellings as the new System President. Some of those protesters made their way into the meeting and did not take very long to make their voices heard. As the roll was being called, UNC geography professor Altha Cravey began reading a script from the group Faculty Forward voicing opposition to Spellings. Cravey was escorted out by UNC...

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Protesters Rally At UNC Board of Governors Meeting

A group protesting the UNC Board of Governors and their decision to hire Margaret Spellings as UNC System President tried to force themselves past police officers and into the meeting, which was held Friday morning at the Friday Center for Educational Innovation. Although the meeting was an open session, protesters were denied entry and were told it was because the room was at full capacity. “I’m here because this is clearly the wrong decision for North Carolina’s higher education system,” said Appalachian State education professor Greg McClure. “We have an individual that has a bachelor’s degree as her highest level of...

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Pushing Spellings into the pantheon, not the trash bin

Let’s help her all we can. That is what I am telling my friends in the university community when they express displeasure at the selection of Margaret Spellings as their new president, or when they complain about the UNC Board of Governors’ presidential selection process and some of its other recent actions. First of all though, you should know that I am a friend and big admirer of the current university president, Tom Ross. By all accounts, he has done, a masterful job. Even though the current board of governors signaled the end of his presidency a year ago,...

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Who is Margaret Spellings?

Our university’s system Board of Governors, manipulating rules to speed up the process, has handed the presidency of our state’s university system to a non-academic with strong Republican political credentials. Margaret Spellings will replace Tom Ross, a distinguished leader this board praised for his effectiveness, but fired for reasons they could not explain. I will explain it for them. Tom Ross is a Democrat and that, we’ve learned, is unacceptable. Listen to Raleigh Mann’s Commentary So, who is Margaret Spellings?  Well, her political connections to George W. Bush and his political strategist Karl Rove go back about 25 years...

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