- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Margaret Spellings has started her job as University of North Carolina system president, and students at six campuses walked out of class to protest.

Media outlets report that the protests occurred during Spellings’ first day on Tuesday. Students at UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, N.C. A&T; State University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington assembled for protests.

At Chapel Hill, several hundred people assembled on the quad at lunch time as 80 protesters led chants.

Spellings is a former U.S. secretary of education for President George W. Bush. Students and faculty have raised questions about her background, including her tenure as education secretary during the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law.

Spellings said Tuesday she wasn’t rattled by the protests, saying “it’s just life in public service these days.”

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