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The Legacy of Bill Friday

Today’s Pope Center piece is on the legacy of Bill Friday, longtime president of the University of North Carolina system, who died last week.

Friday was a man devoted to excellence in higher education. He famously worked against the malignant influences brought in by the mania for big-time sports. He was also, however, the great proponent of centralization of higher education in the state, and that has not, in my view, worked out very well.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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