Archives: Kari Travis

  • New leader of community colleges talks opportunities, collaboration 

    The N.C. Community College System, following the abrupt departure of fledgling former President James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, is under new leadership that could better partnerships between community colleges and the University of North Carolina System.    Peter Hans, who in May became president of the N.C. Community College System, is…

  • Silent Sam may speak loudly in national conversation on free speech

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from UNC Board of Governors member Marty Kotis.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is poised to set a national example of allowing lawful protest while protecting free speech. But campus administrators and law enforcers so…

  • Tuition cuts from NC Promise delivering results

    Major tuition cuts are paying off at three North Carolina universities. Data released Aug. 31 show jumps in enrollment at a handful of schools in the University of North Carolina System. The change comes after the legislature’s 2016 passage of NC Promise…

  • UNC facing tough questions after fall of Silent Sam

    After a historic protest that ended in the illegal takedown of Silent Sam, a Confederate statue at UNC-Chapel Hill, the university faces tough inquiries about campus security and law enforcement. A striking question — about how a handful of people tore down a weighty statue…

  • Recent turmoil at ABC suggests reforms are overdue, McGrady says

    The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission appears to operate with little, if any, oversight, aside from a board chairman and two — now one — commissioners, who are appointed by the governor. It’s time to reform the state’s antiquated state-run system, Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, told Carolina…

  • McGrady: Audit of ABC warehouse waste shows need for major changes

    A prominent Republican lawmaker and proponent of loosening North Carolina’s restrictive alcohol laws says direct government sales and distribution of distilled liquor is antiquated, and lawmakers should fix the broken system. “Most states use a licensure model that allows the private sector to sell and distribute…

  • UNC, ECU board members shoot down ‘rumor’ Staton is in trouble

    Rumors that East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton could lose his job are false, despite documents showing tension between Staton and the UNC system’s Board of Governors, board leader Harry Smith told Carolina Journal. Times have changed for Staton since 2016,…

  • Fetzer: I was approached about interim WCU chancellorship

    Two former members of Western Carolina University’s board of trustees recommended Tom Fetzer as interim chancellor at the university, Fetzer told Carolina Journal after the UNC Board of Governors July 27 meeting in Chapel Hill. Fetzer is a member of the…