UNC President Embarrassed by Report on Administrative Bloat

The president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, Erskine Bowles, has told the system’s chancellors to take aim at administrative budgets as they look to trim spending by 10 percent. In an e-mail message to the campus leaders, Mr. Bowles called an article in the Raleigh News & Observer that showed administrative positions jumped by 28 percent over five years “an absolute embarrassment.”

“The coverage in today’s News & Observer on administrative growth within the university is an absolute embarrassment — and we brought it all on ourselves,” Bowles wrote in an e-mail message obtained by the News & Observer. “In the conversations that we will be having with you regarding your 10 percent budget reduction plans, we will be looking for absolute PROOF that you have focused FIRST on administrative reductions and solid evidence that you have taken steps to shore up our academic core.”

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