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Deadline approaching for nominations to UNC Board of Governors

UNC Board member Thomas Goolsby (center), whose term will end in 2019, at a March 2016 meeting. (CJ Photo by Kari Travis)
UNC Board member Thomas Goolsby (center), whose term will end in 2019, at a March 2016 meeting. (CJ Photo by Kari Travis)

RALEIGH — The General Assembly is fast approaching its deadline to nominate people to serve on the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors.

The House and Senate will each vote to fill six seats on the university’s governing board. Nominations close at 5 p.m. March 10. 

Fewer board positions are available this year.

Gov. Roy Cooper on March 3 signed House Bill 39, which cuts eight members from the 32-person body.

The change will take full effect by 2019.

UNC board members serve four-year terms. Voting members of the board are elected by the General Assembly during odd-numbered years. H.B. 39 saw pushback from Democrats, who said a small board would hurt minority representation.

Majority Republicans pointed to efficiency as the primary reason for shrinking the board, and UNC President Margaret Spellings has shown support for a smaller governing body.

“The General Assembly’s proposal to reduce the size of the Board of Governors fits with a natural pattern of modern and effective governance and greater operational efficiency,” she said last month.