He might not be the Senator from NC, but it seems he will have an important position here in the Old North State.
UNC search committee to recommend Bowles for UNC system president
A UNC search committee will recommend Erskine Bowles, Charlotte businessman and two-time U.S. Senate candidate, as the next UNC system president.
The UNC Board of Governors will meet on Monday to vote on the recommendation.
"We're thrilled that we have found the best candidate in America to lead the University of North Carolina and we're equally thrilled that it is one of our own -- Erskine Bowles," said Brad Wilson, chairman of the UNC.
A little bit more about what the job entails and the PAY.
The next UNC president has a big job ahead, leading a 16-campus system that has been fractured by internal struggle in recent months -- particularly over the issue of whether the two big research campuses, UNC-CH and NCSU, should be able to raise tuition on their own without going through the system.
The search committee crafted a lengthy job description calling for "an uncommon individual who can provide extraordinary vision and leadership" to oversee a fast-growing university system with a $5 billion budget, nearly 200,000 students, 37,000 employees and 1,900 degree programs.
The search committee authorized Wilson to negotiate compensation with Bowles. If the full committee approves, Bowles will be paid $425,000 a year. He intends to donate $125,000 of that amount to need-based student aid funds that will be identified later. He will also have the use of a university-owned home on Franklin Street, a car and a private club membership.
While it would have been nice to have him in the Senate, bastards, at least we in North Carolina get to keep him in public office.