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Challenges and Opportunities In a GlobalizingWorld

There Is No Room For Complacency

Thanks, Erskine (Bowles). Your remarks were way too generous . . . but, of course, that's what great friends are for. This is a real homecoming for me. As Erskine said, we are best friends and our friendship spans almost 45 years, including the four years we were classmates at UNC. I couldn't be prouder of all that Erskine has accomplished in his life, and I can't imagine a better person to be in his new job as president of the Consolidated University System. He is a terrific leader, and this is a time - as you will hear in my talk - when education has a pivotal role to play

in determining the future competitiveness of our country, including North Carolina.

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