By Jenna A. Robinson
In late October, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina announced that Margaret Spellings, Secretary of the Department of Education under President George W. Bush, would become its next president in early 2016. In the days and weeks that followed that announcement, faculty groups, student protestors, and talking heads sounded the alarm. Margaret Spellings, they said, would surely be the end of UNC as we know it. Jay Schalin cataloged a few of the complaints here:
“To listen to some of the complaints, she will usher in a right-wing agenda that stops just short of a Spenserian 'survival of the fittest' contest—rigged, of course, to promote a power structure that favors straight white males. Or perhaps, the 'people’s university' will be converted into a tool of corporate interests.”
But a look at her credentials and those of her predecessors reveals that most of the complaints are without merit.