UNC system President Erskine Bowles said this morning the university should focus on paying down its massive backlog of deferred maintenance before approving any new facilities across the 17-campus system.
Speaking this morning during a meeting of the UNC system's Board of Governors, Bowles has painted a fairly bleak budget picture for the upcoming year. He said he's told campus chancellors to plan for 10 percent budget cuts.
With that as the economic backdrop, Bowles is recommending against new construction, particularly since the university has a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling $2.1 billion.
He must have read the News & Observer Sunday.