Competitive faculty salaries and state-of-the-art facilities are critical for The University of North Carolina to retain its world-class ranking and to preserve the value of your Carolina diploma. The GAA-sponsored Tar Heel Network supports the University’s goals and priorities through advocacy with legislators.
Since its inception in 1983, the Tar Heel Network has been actively involved in the passage of a capital bond initiative and the protection/preservation of the University’s overhead receipts. It also has helped deflect the passage of punitive budget proposals and has advocated with state legislators for appropriations that would permit UNC to become competitive in faculty salaries with California, Michigan, Virginia and UCLA.
The Tar Heel Network sponsors an annual legislative reception to provide an opportunity for state opinion leaders to express the importance of the University to them and to North Carolina to members of the state’s General Assembly.
More on the Tar Heel Network:
Who’s in the Legislature:
- Thirty-seven UNC alumni were elected to the N.C. General Assembly in November 2016; two subsequently resigned after being appointed to the governor’s cabinet, and one of those was replaced with an alumna. As a result, 22 percent of senators (11 of 50) and 21 percent of House members (25 of 120) are Carolina alumni. Here’s more about those officials.
- N.C. Senate
- N.C. House of Representatives
- Find your legislator at Higher Education Works, a bipartisan organization that supports public higher education in North Carolina.
General Alumni Association Task Force Report, January 1989
- Task force report as it appeared in the University Report, winter 1988 issue
- Task force report (HTML version)
Related articles from the Carolina Alumni Review:
Carolina’s Tar Heel Network, by Doug Dibbert ’70, January/February 2009
Clinical Cancer Hospital Approved, From the Hill, September/October 2004
Ensuring Our Return on Investment, by Doug Dibbert, May/June 2002
Article Nine, Section Nine, by Doug Dibbert, January/February 2002
- Budget Battle Threatens Key Research Funds, by Thomas Lambeth ’57, November/December 2001
- Enlightened Self-Interest, by Doug Dibbert, September/October 2001
- Building Carolina’s Future, by Doug Dibbert, May/June 2001
- Your Membership Matters, by Doug Dibbert, January/February 2001
- 3.1 Billion: What’s at Stake, by Doug Dibbert, September/October 2000
- What Can We Do? by Doug Dibbert, March/April 2000
- Cornelia Spencer and Carolina’s Network, by Doug Dibbert, January/February 1997
- An Open Letter to the N.C. General Assembly, by Doug Dibbert, January/February 1995