UNC Board of Governors contemplating move out of Chapel Hill

Apparently they're afraid of those notorious Liberal Cooties:

At both the October committee meeting and November’s full board meeting, members discussed a perception that having the general administration staff in Chapel Hill confuses the UNC system and UNC-Chapel Hill. It also makes it look as though the Chapel Hill campus is superior to the other schools, they said.

“That’s a very minor part of this, but it’s still a consideration,” Kotis admits. “Are we the Board of Governors for the UNC Chapel Hill or the UNC system? What does it say about the link between UNCGA and Chapel Hill? Is it the favorite school? It’s like having your house near one kid’s house but not the other.”

Dude, it's the Flagship University. It was the first public University chartered by the NC Legislature in 1789, and the first public University in the *entire country* operating when it opened its doors in 1795. By contrast, it wasn't until 1931 that a "Board of Trustees" was formed to oversee the combination of three state-chartered universities (UNC-CH, UNC-G, NC State), and the BOG itself didn't materialize until 40 years after that. So yes, UNC Chapel Hill is the natural location for such a body. But this move may have a lot more to do with having an antsy real estate developer on the Board than even ideological considerations:

Kotis, a real estate developer from Greensboro, said consolidating all offices into a new facility could actually create efficiencies. It could lead to greater cooperation with the staffs of the Community College system and K-12 education system, he said, which is a goal of the board.

“What if they were all in the same building somewhere?” Kotis said. “Wouldn’t that promote greater communication in all of the education silos?”

Durham may be an ideal spot for that sort of site, Kotis said.

“I’m a real estate guy,” Kotis said. “So what I thought about when touring [NC Central University] is Central is a little isolated from downtown Durham. There’s a gap. Durham has made a pretty good resurgence but it could use some more TLC. With the light rail line coming through there you could hit two of the campuses, if not three, with the light rail system. So that was one thought. Also, it could help revitalize that area and really show some appreciation for our HBCUs and could help transform that campus, that area of Durham and help change that city. It’s not going to change the trajectory of Chapel Hill at all.”

I've followed Marty's projects in Greensboro and have (mostly) approved of what he's done, or is trying to do. He usually generates his own financing instead of constantly trying to tap into taxpayer dollars. But that doesn't mean he won't jump at the chance to do so, and the other members of the Board need to take a real close look at business relationships that might turn around and bite them in the ass when this thing is halfway accomplished. Or do the smart thing, and not move at all.

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