The Chancellor's View
This book begins with August 2000. While Carolina had a great reputation nationally, it was a university with a decaying infrastructure. Little construction had taken place in the previous thirty years. The deferred maintenance backlog was staggering. Two years prior to the author's arrival, a construction bond issue had been defeated. However, in 2000, an enormous $3.1 billion Higher Education Bond Issue for the UNC system and the North Carolina Community College system was set to go before the voters in the November election. It would not be an overstatement to say that the future of the University hung in the balance of the November election. In November, 2000, the voters of North Carolina overwhelmingly approved the largest higher education construction bond issue ever passed by any state, passing in all 100 counties with a seventy-five percent plurality.
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