- The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors is again being accused of having a role in blocking a faculty member from a position because of political considerations, only a month after the system sparked a national scandal by breaking precedent and not granting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tenure.
- Eric Muller, a law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, as chair of the UNC Press governing board. He had held the position for years, and media outlet NC by the nominating committee and the university’s chancellor.
- The system board has long attracted criticism for its partisanship, which has caused scandals in .
from NC Policy Watch, a progressive North Carolina Justice Center project, roiled the higher education world last month. It detailed how the Chapel Hill trustees, under pressure from the panel, declined to give Hannah-Jones tenure status. This was a departure from usual practices, as the trustees typically , which enthusiastically backed her.
According to NC Policy Watch, the decision to effectively deny her tenure was related to heron racism, specifically “The 1619 Project,” a profoundly unpopular work in many conservative circles.
Fallout has been immense. The system has been widely criticized. Hannah-Jones’ lawyers threatened legal action. The Chapel Hill chemistry department lost out on a lauded recruit, a Black professor who said she“hard to overlook.”
More recently, another Chapel Hill faculty member wrote a letter to high-ranking campus administrators,. It described the situation at the institution as “dire” and stated that the “continued exodus of faculty of color and indigenous faculty has become a veritable
Thethe news Muller was blocked from the chair posit is sure to compound this issuesion. NC Policy Watch credits Muller with diversifying the press board by race and gender andthe system.
In a public statement on Twitter, Muller drew attention. They include commentary on a $2.5 million settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve the Silent Sam monument formerly on the Chapel Hill campus, a deal that .
Inabout Muller being rebuffed, NC Policy Watch quoted an anonymous system board member who said Muller had a “target on his back” for speaking out against the system. The outlet reported a Board of two other representatives on the press board who were up for new terms at the same time as Muller.