Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and former U.S. Secretary of Education, was elected president of the 17 campus University of North Carolina during a special meeting last Friday of the UNC Board of Governors.
Spellings will take office March 1, 2016, succeeding President Tom Ross.
Spellings has served as president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center since 2013. In that role, she oversees the operations of the former U.S. president’s foundation, public policy institute, and, in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration, his presidential library and museum.
Her work at the Bush Center includes the 2014 launch of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
She is a 1979 graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Spellings served in key positions in the Bush Administration. As White House Domestic Policy Advisor, from 2001 to 2005, she led the development of the president’s domestic policy agenda. Her areas of responsibility included education, transportation, health, justice, housing and labor. In that role, she oversaw the development of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the development of a comprehensive immigration plan, and numerous other initiatives.
From 2005 to 2009, Spellings served as U.S. Secretary of Education, the nation’s senior policy official on all aspects of education — primary, secondary, and post-secondary.
During her tenure she led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, a national bipartisan initiative to provide greater accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students.
She also launched a higher education national policy debate and action plan to improve the accessibility, affordability, and accountability of the nation’s colleges and universities.
From 2009 until joining the Bush Center in 2013, Spellings was president and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm that provided strategic guidance on a variety of domestic policy matters, particularly those related to education and workforce issues.
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fellow, Spellings currently serves on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Education Advisory Board, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, and the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. She also chairs the Board of Advisors for Ceannate Corp and is a director of the American Funds/Capital Research and Management Company and ClubCorp.
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