Cooper to consider bill that cuts UNC Board of Govs. by 25%

The UNC Board of Governors in 2014 (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has received his first piece of legislation from the General Assembly – a bill reducing the size of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors by 25 percent by 2019.

The House and Senate chose all 32 voting members to the board, electing half of them every other year. The bill has the board falling to 28 members this summer and 24 two years later.

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Bill supporters say the measure would promote board effectiveness and efficiency. UNC system President Margaret Spellings has suggested a 32-member board is unwieldy.

The Senate gave tentative approval Thursday to legislation that’s already passed the House by a wide margin.

Cooper can sign bills, veto them or let them become law without his signature.

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2/16/2017 5:00:35 AM (GMT -5:00)