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Gov. Pat McCrory stopped by North Carolina Central University on Tuesday to spotlight his support for a $2 billion bond package that would fund improvements statewide, including $30 million for a new school of business at NCCU.
While visiting the Durham campus, McCrory also signed a proclamation commemorating Black History Month in North Carolina.
NCCU Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White held a discussion with McCrory on the Connect NC bond, as well as the economy in North Carolina, emphasizing her commitment to “make sure all our graduates are market-ready.”
The governor recognized three NCCU students for outstanding academic performance — Micah Barbee, a senior from Durham who holds a 3.2 GPA and is pursuing a nursing degree; Camille McCarter, a senior hospitality and tourism program major with a 3.9 GPA; and Conrad Kovalcik, a junior from Detroit majoring in chemistry who holds a 3.8 GPA.
“Our universities must continue to promote innovative thinking and provide students, like those recognized today, with the resources they need to succeed,” said McCrory, a Republican from Charlotte who is expected to face a tough reelection campaign this fall.
The Connect NC bond package, if approved by voters, will provide $30 million toward the design and construction of the 60-year-old C.T. Willis School of Business at NCCU, the governor said. The measure will be on the ballet March 15.
The funding also would provide $980 million for the UNC System and $350 million for construction and renovations at all 58 community colleges across the state.