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Letter from Chancellor Robinson: Passing of UNC System President Emeritus C.D. Spangler Jr.

Dear Ram Family,

The Winston-Salem State University community joins the University of North Carolina System in expressing our sorrow at the passing of UNC System President Emeritus C.D. Spangler Jr. President Spangler led the UNC System from 1986 to 1997. The first in his family to attend college, he was a devoted advocate for affordable access to public higher education. Like all of us who are fortunate enough to be in the business of educating future scholars and citizens, he believed in the power of higher education to transform lives.

I urge you to read the full UNC System tribute to President Spangler, which details his distinguished record as a public servant, business leader, and generous philanthropist. He was an incredible man who leaves behind an incredible legacy.

In the wake of the passing of President Spangler, let us be reminded how important our work is. Together, we are providing our students with an educational experience that cultivates within them the confidence they need to tap into their full potential. We give our students the tools they need to forge their futures and transform their communities. Let us be inspired by his tireless efforts to serve the citizens of North Carolina.

President Spangler will be deeply missed. Please join me in offering condolences to President Spangler’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Sincerely,
Elwood L. Robinson, Ph.D.

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