Sen. Berger issues statement on Harry Smith resignation

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued a statement regarding Harry Smith’s resignation from the UNC Board of Governors.

“Harry Smith has been a steadfast leader on the UNC Board of Governors. Under his leadership, Elizabeth City State University has transformed from near-shutting down to a shining star in the university system. Likewise, under Harry’s leadership, the N.C. Promise tuition program has made college attainable for those who thought they could never afford it. In 2018, Elizabeth City State University saw its largest freshman class in five years and continues to grow thanks to the special tuition rate.

“Harry’s business experience gave a fresh perspective on issues facing the system. I thank him for his service to the state and wish him the best as he leaves the Board of Governors.”


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey issued a statement on the resignation of Board member Harry Smith.

“Harry Smith has given notice of his resignation from the Board of Governors and he has indicated he is willing to serve up to an additional 90 days (through February 1, 2020) or until a new Board member has been selected by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Harry has tirelessly served this Board, University System, and state for the past seven years for the betterment of our students. He worked collaboratively to show that differing views and opinions are healthy for any organization—to ensure all voices are heard and great decisions are made.”


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The former chair of the governing panel for the University of North Carolina system says he’s leaving his spot on the board.

News outlets report Harry Smith announced on Monday that he was leaving the UNC Board of Governors in February 2020.

Smith said he doesn’t have time to be on the board after starting his own private equity firm. When he resigned as chairman, Smith said he stepped down because of the overwhelming demands of being the chair while running businesses.

He was board chairman during the controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate statue that protesters brought down in August 2018. Smith told the Carolina Journal in May that his view of the statue had “evolved greatly” and that it shouldn’t be returned to the Chapel Hill campus.

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