PEMBROKE — UNC System President Margaret Spellings will bring her State of the University Address Tour to the region today.
She will speak at the UNC Pembroke Thomas Center for Entrepreneurship, located at 202 Main St in Pembroke. The talk begins at 1:30 p.m.
Spellings launched the tour in March with plans to visit a total eight campuses across the state.
“This tour will reach every region in the state, from Wilmington’s coastal dunes to Cullowhee’s mountain hollows, giving the UNC-system multiple opportunities to reach every community and communicate the road ahead for a strong and essential pillar of our state’s economy and society,” Spellings said in a statement.
The tour is meant to reflect on the recent initiatives taking place within UNC-system schools and to highlight the system’s current successes. Along with the tour, Spellings will also release a self-evaluation report that details how different universities in the system are performing.
Today’s speech is expected to focus on the ways UNCP is fulfilling its historic mission to serve southeastern North Carolina by driving economic growth and working to address the health disparities.
She will also discuss key issues the UNC System must confront in the years ahead to fulfill its promise of benefitting all North Carolinians.
Immediately following the State of the University address, Spellings will participate in a press conference.
Spellings made her first trip to UNCP in 2016 as part of a tour of the UNC system to hear the opinions of school officials and students alike.
She was named UNC president in October 2015. She succeeded Thomas W. Ross, who stepped down after five years in the job.
Spellings, 58, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1979 from the University of Houston. She was a senior advisor to then-governor George W. Bush from 1995 to 200 and followed him to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education during the Bush administration from 2005 to 2009.