NC taxpayers will pay at least $300k to a search firm to find new UNC system president

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The committee searching for a new UNC system president after current president Tom Ross was pushed out of the job hopes to name a replacement by the fall, according to WTVD.

Tom Ross, a Democrat, is stepping down from his position leading North Carolina’s 17 public universities after being forced out by the UNC Board of Governors at the beginning of this year.

The board has become majority Republican, but board leaders have denied that Ross’s ouster is politically motivated. In a statement in January, the board said it had decided to begin the process of leadership transition and that Ross’s resignation will be effective January 3, 2016.

Read full story: WTVD

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