Inside Higher Ed
February 19th, 2015
There is wide agreement in North Carolina that Gene Nichol is an
articulate and forceful advocate for the impoverished of his state,
unafraid to criticize political leaders who in his opinion aren't doing
enough about poverty. Nichol does so from an academic perch. He is a law
professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and leads
the university's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
On Wednesday, a committee of the board of the University of North
Carolina System voted to kill the center, along with a biodiversity
center at East Carolina University and a civic engagement and social
change center at North Carolina Central University. Conservatives in the
state have long complained that some UNC centers (and especially the
poverty center) were being used for political attacks on Republican
politicians and so had no place in the university.