Margaret Spellings

Oct. 23, 2015: UNC Board of Governors selected former U.S. Education Secretary to succeed Greensboro native Tom Ross as the head of the state's public university system of 17 campuses.

  • Begins work on March 1, 2016
  • Born: Nov. 1957.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, University of Houston (1979).
  • Current job: President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas (since 2013).
  • Previous jobs: President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Co., a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. (2009 to 2013); U.S. secretary of education (2005 to 2009); White House domestic policy adviser (2001 to 2005); senior adviser to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush (1995 to 2000); associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (1998 to 1994); director of special projects at Austin (Texas) Community College (1986 to 1987).
  • Other associations: Past president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (2010 to 2013); member of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Education Advisory Board (since 2011); member of the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy (since 2014) and Ceannate Corp. (since 2014), a student loan collection company; former member of the board of directors of Apollo Group Inc., parent company of the for-profit University of Phoenix (2012-13); former director of ConnectEdu, a student records management company that declared bankruptcy in 2014 (2009-13).
  • Hometown: Born in Ann Arbor, Mich.; raised in Houston.
  • Family: Two adult daughters.


  • Oct. 13, 2016: Margaret Spellings was officially installed as the 18th president of the University of North Carolina.
Compile by John Newsom, News & Record Staff Writer

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