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President Spellings blogs regularly about UNC, higher ed issues, and life in NC.



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A listing of scheduled appearances and addresses open to the public




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Official Portrait of UNC President Margaret Spellings

Nationally known as an education thought leader and public policy expert, Spellings most recently served as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where she planned, managed, and implemented programs on economic growth, education reform, global health, and special initiatives focused on women and military service.

Spellings previously served as President and CEO of Margaret Spellings & Company and as President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she directed an aggressive competitiveness and workforce-readiness agenda and offered strategic guidance to a number of philanthropic and private sector organizations.

Spellings brings to UNC extensive experience at the highest levels of the United States government. From 2005 to 2009, she served as the U.S. Secretary of Education, overseeing the creation of the Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education, which recommended a national strategy to guide colleges and universities in preparing students for the 21st-century workforce, and implementing No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a national bipartisan initiative to provide greater accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students. From 2001 to 2005, she was Chief Domestic Policy Advisor for President George W. Bush.  Before her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and held key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.

Spellings is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also received an honorary doctorate and Distinguished Alumna Award from the university in 2006. 

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Spellings Says UNC Has Been ‘Murky’ on Accountability

Margaret Spellings took the University of North Carolina’s top job under a cloud of controversy. Her predecessor, Thomas W. Ross, was pushed out by the university system’s board last year, and the search that resulted in her hiring provoked outrage for lacking transparency. Three weeks after she started as the system’s president, the state legislature enacted House Bill 2, a widely panned law that affects transgender people and that landed UNC in the middle of a legal scuffle.

Issues That Matter: Margaret Spellings on education

OCTOBER 27, 2016, 8:34 AM | The cost of college is skyrocketing, and outstanding student loan debt totals more than $1.4 trillion. In this edition of Issues That Matter, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who now serves as president of the University of North Carolina, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the education issues the next president will have to address. During President George W. Bush's administration, Spellings helped implement the No Child Left Behind Act.


The attached letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert was sent today (September 16, 2016) by UNC President Margaret Spellings and the chancellors of the UNC system’s 15 NCAA member institutions. The letter reiterates their disappointment at the NCAA’s abrupt decision to relocate seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. It also underscores the University’s demonstrated commitment, as reflected in long-standing system policy, to creating welcoming environments for all college athletes, coaches, staffs and fans.


UNC President Margaret Spellings has offered the following comment on the ACC decision to relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Margaret Spellings: In wake of SB 873 protests, welcoming a productive discussion on UNC future

North Carolina has one of the finest public university systems in the country, built and sustained over two centuries. Preserving that legacy won’t be easy. It will require strong public support and a willingness to meet new challenges head-on. We should be proud of what we’ve accomplished, but never complacent.

Margaret Spellings: UNC can lead way on curbing college dropouts

David Kirp is right about the tragedy of college dropouts (“The scandal of college kids dropping out,” May 9). Even as we celebrate the thousands of students who earned diplomas this month, I worry about the missed opportunity of those who didn’t make it to graduation day.



January 2017 Presidential Report

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill, NC


NC State University Commencement

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.


Board of Governor Meeting: President’s Report

UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill, NC


The Charlotte Carolina Club

The Charlotte Carolina Club


Inauguration of Margaret Spellings

Memorial Hall, 114 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Helping Every Child Succeed: A Conversation with Kati Haycock and Margaret Spellings

209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States