Spellings leaving UNC System

FILE - Margaret Spellings, former president of the North Carolina university system, has been named a co-chair of the Commission on the Future of Public Universities in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

RALEIGH — UNC System President Margaret Spellings is resigning her position with the university. The North State Journal journal confirmed Spellings’ departure with a senior UNC official.

Spellings marked two years on the job in March, 2018. Spellings was previously the education secretary under President George W. Bush and hails from the state of Texas. She has not announced the exact timing of her departure from the position, which oversees the 17-campus public university system.

The UNC Board of Governors will meet at 10 a.m. Friday. Jason Tyson, director of media relations for the system said, “The UNC Board of Governors will meet in emergency session to consider an executive personnel matter at 10 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2018 in the board room of the Center for School Leadership Development, located at 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, N.C. Please note that some items may be considered in closed session under the provisions of the Open Meetings Law.”

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a separation package for Spellings of more than $500,000.