- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The panel overseeing North Carolina’s public universities is planning to pick a new president by the end of the week to head the 17-campus system.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Tuesday announced it will elect a successor on Friday for departing president Tom Ross. Ross is being pushed out of the job by university governing board members who said they wanted a change.

The 32 board member are nearly all Republicans picked by the state Legislature. But some board members and GOP legislative leaders are complaining the selection is being speeded up. After this month, UNC governors could be required to consider at least three candidates before choosing a new president.

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