Mark G. Rodin: Don’t turn the UNC into a vocational school

Regarding the February 21 point of view “Reducing the UNC Board of Directors will strengthen partisanship”: Kudos to Hannah Gage who so eloquently expressed my thoughts on the Board of Governors.

The UNC Board of Governors must, as Gage wrote, “be sensitive to the inclusion of the entire spectrum of our state …” All residents and communities must have a seat and a voice in them. deliberations on our state-supported higher education system. But don’t say that to Senate Speaker Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, or the rest of the 1950s men’s club that made laws on Jones Street. They seemingly enjoy their journey of power and don’t care at all about groups that oppose them.

What the super majority of the General Assembly and UNC board member Marty Kotis seemingly forget is that universities are places of research and discovery. The best professors go where they have freedom of inquiry and research as well as attractive salaries.

I don’t want my alma mater – UNC – or any other university in the public system to be turned into vocational schools. Yet that is what those who control the General Assembly and board members such as Kotis apparently want.

Perhaps the best antidote to this scrutiny are serious and well-funded candidates to oppose Berger, Moore, and some of the other powerful members of the General Assembly in the 2018 election. He is up to those who wish to move forward. find and fund these candidates.


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