Deil S. Wright Lecture

2017 Deil S. Wright Lecture with UNC President Margaret Spellings

UNC President Margaret Spellings

UNC President Margaret Spellings

March 31, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School of Government, Room 2601
UNC-Chapel Hill


Nationally known as an education thought leader and public policy expert, Spellings most recently served as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where she planned, managed, and implemented programs on economic growth, education reform, global health, and special initiatives focused on women and military service.

Spellings previously served as President and CEO of Margaret Spellings & Company and as President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she directed an aggressive competitiveness and workforce-readiness agenda and offered strategic guidance to a number of philanthropic and private sector organizations.

Spellings brings to UNC extensive experience at the highest levels of the United States government. From 2005 to 2009, she served as the U.S. Secretary of Education, overseeing the creation of the Spellings Commission Report on Higher Education, which recommended a national strategy to guide colleges and universities in preparing students for the 21st-century workforce, and implementing No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a national bipartisan initiative to provide greater accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students. From 2001 to 2005, she was Chief Domestic Policy Advisor for President George W. Bush.  Before her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and held key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.

Spellings is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also received an honorary doctorate and Distinguished Alumna Award from the university in 2006.

The Wright lecture is free and open to the public. The 2017 lecture will be held at the UNC School of Government.The lecture is held in conjunction with the the celebration of the Master of Public Admiistration program's 50th anniversary.

The Deil S. Wright Lecture Series is hosted by the UNC Master of Public Administration program and sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the MPA Alumni Association.