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The Continuing Education of John Fennebresque

John Fennebresque, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, is killing a few minutes, chatting with board members on his Charlotte law firm’s 30th floor while awaiting several others who are coming by private plane. The agenda on this March morning: Nominate a committee to search for North Carolina’s next university system president.

Fennebresque looks distinguished with his silvering hair, white shirt, bespoke charcoal suit. But he hasn’t slept well. For months, since he initiated the effort to replace UNC system President Tom Ross, good sleep has eluded him.