Politicians took in more than $1 million from UNC Board of Governor hopefuls


The candidates seeking appointments on the University of North Carolina’s governing board aren’t strangers to lawmakers – many of their names have repeatedly shown up on checks cashed to the politicians’ campaign accounts. The 30 people currently vying for appointment to the board and their immediate family members have contributed more than $1 million to [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Representative Howard Hunter, III


Name: state Rep. Howard Hunter III (Democrat) Occupation: owner of Hunter’s Funeral Homes District: Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Pasquotank counties Lives in: Ahoskie (Hertford County) From: Murfreesboro Family: wife Wanda Hunter (a school counselor); four children, two in college and two in elementary school Campaign website: http://www.hunter4house.org/ Hobbies: Fishing, playing [Continue Reading…]

Effort to “right-size” the UNC system in the works


Significant changes may be on the horizon for the state’s higher education network, as the University of North Carolina’s governing board considers “right-sizing” the 17-campus system. “The model should be much smaller than it is,” UNC Board of Governor member Harry Smith Jr. said about the UNC system last Thursday, during [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Senator John Alexander, Jr.


Name: state Sen. John Alexander Jr. (Republican) District: Wake County Occupation: Owns and runs a trucking company, Cardinal International Trucks Lives in: Raleigh From: Raleigh Family: wife Susan; 2 grown daughters Campaign website: http://www.alexanderncsenate.com/ Hobbies: hunting, playing golf. Previous elected offices?: None. Why did you run for office?   “I thought [Continue Reading…]

UNC Poverty Center facing closure, as university system leaders finish review of centers

Jim Holmes of the UNC Board of Governors talks Wednesday with Ted Shaw of UNC's civil rights center.

Three centers in the university system – including a poverty research center run by an outspoken law professor —   should be shut down, according to recommendations approved Wednesday by a special committee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was the most well-known among the three [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Rep. Sam Watford


Name: state Rep. Sam Watford (Republican) Occupation: General contractor, owner of Watford Construction Company District: Davidson County Lives in: outside of Thomasville From: outside of Thomasville Family: wife Karen (retired high school English teacher), two adult daughters. Campaign website: http://samwatford.com/ Hobbies: Has a private pilot license, enjoys flying when he has [Continue Reading…]