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This year marks the 40th anniversary of legislation that brought all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities into the University of North Carolina.

For the first time ever, all five Presidents who have led the UNC system since that 1971 restructuring will come together next week to discuss the rewards and challenges of leading UNC during periods of change and transition.

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser will lead a candid conversation with UNC Presidents emeriti William Friday (1956-86), C.D. Spangler, Jr. (1986-97), Molly Corbett Broad (1997-2005), and Erskine Bowles (2006-2010), as well as current UNC President Tom Ross (2011- ).

An Evening with Five Presidents takes place on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at no charge through the Memorial Hall online box office.

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