UNC BOG VIOLATED OPEN MEETINGS LAW DISCUSSING CONFEDERATE STATUE: The UNC system board chairman, Harry Smith, said the subcommittee didn’t have a quorum when it met. But he pledged that future meetings would be public. “Quite frankly I wasn’t even aware of the fact that we didn’t notice it,” Smith, a Greenville businessman, said in an interview. “I will tell you that it should be. We shouldn’t have a problem with that. I mean, it’s a very public conversation.” The UNC system’s top attorney, Tom Shanahan, declined to respond to questions about why the meeting was not announced. The committee’s chairman, Jim Holmes, said the meeting was informal, lasting about an hour or hour and a half. The five Board of Governors members on the special board committee talked about the issue with several UNC-Chapel Hill trustee members, he said. “We’re just trying to figure out where we’re going,” said Holmes, a Raleigh businessman.