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Margaret Spellings is stepping down as president of the University of North Carolina System, according to numerous press reports in the state. Spellings, who was U.S. education secretary under President George W. Bush, will be leaving after less than three years in office. Spellings took the job saying she wanted to focus on issues such as improving graduation rates and using assessment to improve instruction. But she has found herself involved in numerous debates over social and political issues. The News & Observer reported that she has been negotiating her departure and plans to return to her home state of Texas.

The UNC board announced a special meeting Friday morning to discuss a personnel matter.