A UNC Chapel Hill professor is making the case for Erskine Bowles.
Walter C. Farrell, Jr., a social work professor at UNC-CH, writes in the Fayetteville Observer this weekend that Bowles, the UNC system president, has deftly handled all manner of challenge during his tenure as the head of the public university system.
Farrell, who is researching higher education leadership, writes that Bowles has dealt well with a long series of challenges during his time in the university's top job. From a series of financial and leadership problems at N.C. A & T University, to the discovery of an unsanctioned campus run by N.C. Central University, to the still-ongoing saga related to N.C. State's former chancellor, James Oblinger, and his role in the hiring of former First Lady Mike Easley - Bowles has had his hands full.
And Farrell says he's done a good job.
He writes in part:
The UNC system has been fortunate to have effective leaders during critical stages of its development: William Friday at its founding, during the volatile phase of campus desegregation, and the merger of historically black public colleges into the UNC structure; and Erskine Bowles in this era of economic uncertainty and management malfunction on UNC campuses. Both were and are the right leaders for their times.
Here's the entire column.