in serving the public, and that the way to know we were doing that was by satisfying the Legislature," Hooker said. "I further
THE '97 AGENDA
As requested in the UNC Board of
Governors' budget proposal for the UNC
System, Carolina's priorities for the 1997
legislative session include:
Allocate fUnds to:
• complete the installation of a ~ber back-
bone network throughout the campus;
• enhance Internet services;
• improve faculty access to technology
• develop distance-learning capabilities;
• upgrade academic data management
• improve online access to all campus librories.
Cost $3.5 million
• To attract and keep the best faCUlty and
staff, provide a 6 percent salary increase
with an additional I percent bonus each
year of the biennium to reward teaching
Cost $13.4 million for salaries;
$1.65 million for bonuses
GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT
Cost $640,000, based on an additional
• additional appropriations to allow the
University to increase the number of out-
of-state graduate students who receive
EXPAND LIBRARY RESOURCES
Cost $2.3 million
• End the requirement that UNC turn over
to the state's General Fund 10 percent of
the overhead collected on sponsored pro-
Cost $5 million
• Eliminate the 2 percent mandatory reversion
rate of UNCs state-appropriated funds.
Cost $6.3 million
• Provide UNC with greater flexibility to
manage its personnel, budgets, purchases,
bank accounts, travel, leased space and
Source: UNC Chancellor's Office
J a /I /I a T Y/ Feb T" a T Y 1997
said we would provide answers to all their
questions as quickly as possible and be
accountable for every penny they gave us."
Hooker consciously sought out legislators
who had been critical, listened to what
they had to say and offered a measured
response. "Very often," Hooker said, "the
bad ideas they had about UNC dissolved
once you probed into them. The problem
was that we had done nothing to contro-
vert these stories for a long time."
Tony Rand ' 61, a Cumberland Demo-
crat and the current chair of the GAA's
Board of Directors, has long been an
important legislator for Carolina's causes,
and he remains a key member of the
Senate Appropriations Committee. Rand
echoed Daughtry's respect for Hooker, but
he also credited the leadership of Marc
Basnight (D-Manteo), president pro tem of
the Senate. "When the president pro tem
wants things to happen, they happen,"
Apart from the influence of Hooker
and others, Rand said that legislators were
becoming genuinely concerned over reports
of decline among NOLth Carolina's research
universities and the effects that might have
on the state's economy.
"We were very concerned when we saw
our national standings drop in the eyes of
u.s. News and World Report," Rand said.
"People genuinely hold our research uni-
versities in very high regard. They also
know it's very important for the future of
our state that our children have the oppor-
tunity to attend first-class institutions."
Asked about the last-minute turn-
around by the House, Daughtry chuckled.
"The universities were scared to death
we were going to get 'em. But we didn't."
Last fall, as the UNC Board of Gover-
nors established its legislative priorities for
1997, Hooker said he would urge the
board to push for measures that were not
acted upon or only partially funded in
1996. Rand, for one, is hopeful about the
chances of at least some ofthose passing.
"It wasn't that we were opposed to
the University's requests for things like
regulatory relief; it's that they take a little
lTlOre time to look at than we had in the
short session," Rand said. "We'll go back
and look at the regulatory business and
perhaps give them a little more freedom
Daughtty echoed that feeling. "I would
say the climate is favorable for the Univer-
sity system," he said. "Of course we won't
know until January or February, when
the Legislature reconvenes."
In the meantime Hooker and his staff
are taking steps to engender a positive
feeling for UNC on the part of Tar Heel
residents and their representatives. "First,
I'm going to provide good stewardship of
the funds we've been given," he stated.
"I'll tell the Legislature how we're spending
their money, and I'll report to them on
the results, whether they be good or bad.
"Second, I'm going to visit all 100
counties to explain what Carolina does
for them," he continued. "There was an
image in the past that UNC didn't do
much to help the people of trus state, and
the farther you got from Chapel Hill the
stronger that feeling was. I'm going out
anned with statistics showing how many
students and alumni live in each county,
and what services we provide there. I will
also go to listen and ask what they need
that we can provide."
Both Daughtry and Rand say they are
committed to supporting the UNC System,
and they think most other legislators are
"I think it's a responsibility on me and
others to make sure they are the best
schools in the country," Daughtry said. "I
went to Wake Forest, so I like to see UNC
lose in football, but not in anything else.
The real key is that UNC is the economic
engine that runs the Research Triangle Park
and spins off a lot ofjobs in other areas."
Rand offers his own perspective as a
UNC alumnus, as well as a legislator:
"Chapel Hill meant the world to me, my
brother and sister, and my son, and I want
to make sure the experience we enjoyed
will be available to others. I feel this
stronger than words can express." .11It
JOHN MANUEL ' 76 (MRP) is afreelance
writer based in Durham.