UNC system president visits East Carolina University

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)-  “Just the opportunities that students have here are unparalleled, and yeah what’s not to like?”

As UNC system president Margaret Spellings toured East Carolina University, she was impressed with how students are preparing for the future.

“This is a place that is obviously a game changing institution in this area, in this region. And it makes a difference in the quality of life for every single citizen and also the students that attend here.”

Her visit focused on health care access. She toured the surgical innovation center and robotics lab.

“This is inspiring. This is the cutting edge technology that’s saving lives and changing lives every single day.”

However, many said they want to see change, but from her.

“We’re very dissatisfied with the appointment of president Spellings,” said Amy Bright, protester and president of GLABT.

Students came together in protest for Spelling’s visit. Many say she’s unfit to be the new UNC system president.

“She says give her a chance and we need to see actual action and commitments from her. And then we also need commitments from her that she’s going to work for every student in this system,” said Bright.

Protesters stood silent as she walked through campus. Spellings even confronted one protester and said, “Thank you for expressing your views.”

Things got heated once she left.

Spellings says her purpose is to focus on finding out what unites all North Carolinians.

“I think people ought to give me a chance, and I really feel like they are. And what I want to talk about are the things that unite us; access, affordability, accountability and opportunity,” said Spellings.

Opportunity is something she says all students have at East Carolina University.

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