A few names are percolating in the lengthy process of finding a new president of the UNC system.
"I’ve always made fun of people who announced they’re running for office by saying my friends urged me to run," Phillips said, "but I have had people talk to me about it."
He said the coming years will be critical for the universities. Phillips, who served as legal counsel to Gov. Jim Hunt, said he would like to see the proposals of the UNC Tomorrow commission, which he chaired, put into place.
Tom Ross, president of Davidson College, is often mentioned in state government circles, but Ross said he doesn't know if he would be interested. He said he has neither spoken to, nor heard from, anyone about the job.
"It’s an intriguing opportunity," a former judge and president of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. "I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I really don’t know if I’d be interested until I learn more about it."