Campus Invited to Forum About the University's Future

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share ideas and perspectives about how to strengthen the University at a campus forum Thursday, Oct. 30.

The forum, free and open to anyone, will be held at 2 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.

Attendees will join UNC trustees J.J. Raynor, also student body president, and John Ellison ’69 of Greensboro for a discussion focused on “Carolina: The Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover.”

At the request of Trustees Chair Roger Perry ’71 and Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86, Raynor and Ellison recently launched a broad discussion about the University’s future. Their goal is to develop a set of recommendations about ways to make Carolina a stronger institution. This month’s campus forum is one way they are seeking input from the campus community to help reach consensus on those big ideas.

“Our job is to listen,” Raynor said. “We’re asking students, faculty and staff to bring their ideas and energy for a discussion about the University’s future. We want to learn how you think we can strengthen Carolina’s position.”

Raynor and Ellison have met with multiple individuals and groups in recent weeks. The upcoming forum is the first campuswide event focusing on the initiative. They plan to report back to the trustees and the chancellor next spring.

More information about “Carolina: The Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover” is available online. The site includes an online form to submit messages to Raynor and Ellison about the initiative.

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