About 20 protesters disrupted the UNC Board of Governors meeting Friday morning, rising and shouting as UNC President Margaret Spellings made remarks to the board.
As the chanting continued, UNC Board Chairman Lou Bissette adjourned the meeting while police cleared the room. Board members left, and eventually protesters left the building. There were no arrests.
The meeting had been moved to Chapel Hill from UNC Asheville because of a planned demonstration there. Some of the protesters Friday traveled from Asheville.
As the meeting began, 100 protesters shouted, ‘Hey hey, ho ho, Margaret Spellings has got to go!” Only about 20 students were allowed into the room, which was packed with staff and media.
The new UNC system president talked about her visits to UNC campuses recently and said the vast majority of people support the work of the university. Of her critics, she said, “I hear you,” and she asked them to hear her and the board.
Students who joined the demonstration said they were driven by various issues, including House Bill 2, which limits protections for LGBT people. Spellings has said the law will be followed on UNC campuses, though not enforced.
She said Friday she’s concerned that the law is hurting the university’s ability to recruit students, faculty, business partners and philanthropy.