Raleigh businessman and philanthropist Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation, has been appointed to serve on a UNC-system advisory committee to “provide vital input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus University,” according to a news release.
The blue-ribbon group includes a variety of leaders in the business, educational, and political sectors from across the state. Read more in this news release from the university system:
President Ross and the Board of Governors are working collaboratively to define the University’s strategic directions for 2013-18. These core goals are pivotal in setting current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, review and refinement of academic missions, and strategic planning by UNC constituent institutions and affiliated entities. They also must reflect the University’s deep commitment to help North Carolina respond to changing state needs and economic challenges.
In support of that effort, this special Advisory Committee chaired by President Ross will help assess North Carolina’s current and future workforce needs and recommend degree attainment goals and strategies that are responsive to those needs and changing demographics. The group may also consider recommendations related to higher academic standards and competencies required for a globally competitive workforce. The Advisory Committee will evaluate relevant data and available information in order to complete its work and make a consensus recommendation to President Ross in January 2013.
Before speaking at a Civitas Institute luncheon Sept. 27, Art met with students gathered to protest his appointment to the advisory committee. Here is video courtesy of Civitas:
At the luncheon, Art gave his analysis of recent polling data on major issues of the day in addition to races for president, state-level office, and legislature.