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



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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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Statement by UNC President Margaret Spellings

"As a University, we are resolute in defending civil rights, facilitating opportunities for civil discourse, and teaching students through service- and experiential-learning. We do this in service to the citizens of North Carolina and in honor and celebration of leaders who have gone before. ..."

UNC president: State funding at best in a decade

North Carolina has long benefited from one of the best-supported public university systems anywhere in the country. And the budget state lawmakers approved last month – the best budget for the University in a decade – will help keep it that way, strengthening higher education to meet new challenges ...

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Stand-To: Education and Training Panel

The Bush Institute's Stand-To Education and Training Panel, June 23, 2017.


President Spellings releases statement on the General Assembly’s 2017-19 Biennial Budget

“The final budget released last evening signals greater investment in and strong support for the University and furthers many of the goals of the UNC Strategic Plan—including accessibility, affordability and efficiency, and student success. ..."

SPELLINGS: The chance to rise – UNC's strategic plan will ensure opportunity for all North Carolinians

A few weeks ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a cover story with the headline, “The 2 North Carolinas.” It explained how the state’s historic investment in higher education has paid off handsomely — but not for everyone.

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Spellings: “Make higher education our higher expectation”

“A better educated state benefits us all,” begins Higher Expectations, the University of North Carolina System’s new strategic plan for 2017-2

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UNC President Margaret Spellings’ North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Speech

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce



Asheville, N.C.



CSLD- UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


East Carolina University: Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony Address

East Carolina University


NC Central Technology Institute for Educators

North Carolina Central University


Deil S. Wright Lecture

School of Government, Room 2601, UNC-Chapel Hill

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