WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - During a quick trip to Wilmington on Memorial Day, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory told reporters he was not going to offer his opinion on whether he'd like to see UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary Miller stay in the area.
Miller has been named a finalist for positions to lead universities in Ohio, New York and Wisconsin in recent weeks. Miller has not spoken publicly since the news broke about why he is seeking new opportunities.
"That's not my job to get into that argument," Governor Pat McCrory said. "We have a Board of Governors and you have your own trustees to help make that decision. I don't plan to get involved, have politics get involved in the hiring, firing or resignations of any chancellors throughout North Carolina. So I'm not going to engage myself in that issue."
The governor said he was somewhat aware of a controversy in the area over his last two selections to the Board of Trustees. Some local leaders who signed an open letter to the Board of Governors believe those trustees are contributing to Miller's job search. You can read our coverage on that issue here --> http://bit.ly/SLuFBP.
McCrory told reporters he approves all recommendations for trustees. He says a group of people make recommendations to him for final consideration. However, he says any issues stemming from the trustees need to be taken care of at the local level.
"I make a point not to get engaged where we have appointed boards to dig deep into those issues and hopefully resolve those issues of concern at each college campus across North Carolina," McCrory said.
Miller has been on the job for under three years in Wilmington.
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