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Former W&M President Nichol embroiled in controversy at UNC Chapel Hill Poverty Center

Former William & Mary President Gene Nichol has again landed in the news. Nichols released a scathing statement to the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., regarding the proposed elimination of the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, where Nichol serves as director.

Nichol was president of William & Mary from 2005 to 2008, a time of great change and controversy for the college.

UNC's Board of Governors recently recommended closing the center Nichol directs. He  then blasted out a very long statement, which ran online in the News & Observer.

"I have been repeatedly informed, even officially, that my opinion pieces have “caused great ire and dismay” among state officials and that, unless I stopped publishing in The News & Observer, “external forces might combine in the months ahead” to force my dismissal. Today those threats are brought to fruition. The Board of Governors’ tedious, expensive and supremely dishonest review process yields the result it sought all along – closing the Poverty Center. This charade, and the censorship it triggers, demeans the board, the university, academic freedom and the Constitution. It’s also mildly ironic that the university now abolishes the center for the same work that led it to give me the Thomas Jefferson Award a year ago."

He later continues:

"Personally, I’m honored to be singled out for retribution by these agents of wealth, privilege and exclusion. I remain a tenured law professor. When the Poverty Center is abolished, I’ll have more time to write, to speak, and to protest North Carolina’s burgeoning war on poor people. I’ll use it."



Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/18/4565101_gene-nichols-response-to-recommendation.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/18/4565101_gene-nichols-response-to-recommendation.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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