WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of philanthropist and UNC System President Emeritus C. D. Spangler, Jr.

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“I had the privilege of meeting Dick Spangler 11 years ago, and since that first meeting, I never left an encounter with him without learning something new. He loved North Carolina and the UNC system that he helped build into what it is today,” said Senator Tillis. “Dick truly was a mentor to me, and I want to offer my condolences to his wife Meredith and daughters Anna and Abigail. Even though he is no longer here, his advocacy will live on for decades to come and I am thankful for having some time to share with Dick Spangler.”

“C.D. Spangler, Jr. was a great North Carolinian, and he will forever be a giant of our state. He will be remembered as a gifted business leader, a compassionate philanthropist, and above all as a public servant who answered the call of the University at a critical time in its history,” said UNC President Spellings. “He believed in the power of education to change lives and transform a state, and he made those possibilities into reality through his life’s work. North Carolina is the prosperous, growing state that it is because of principled leaders like Dick. My thoughts are with his wife Meredith, and his daughters Abigail and Anna. This state will forever be indebted and grateful that Dick dedicated his life to public service, public education, and the state he loved so much.”