August 19, 2013
The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees recently welcomed new members and elected officers. The board is composed of 13 members; eight are appointed by the UNC Board of Governors and four are appointed by the North Carolina governor. The UNC Asheville Student Government Association president, who is elected by the student body, also is a voting member of the board.
New members are Kennon Briggs, retired executive vice president and chief of staff of the North Carolina Community College System; J.W. Davis, associate with Bison Investments and former MountainBank executive; and Leigh Whittaker, UNC Asheville Student Government Association president.
Briggs and Davis were both appointed to four-year terms. Briggs was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors; Davis was appointed by Governor McCrory. Whittaker will serve a one-year term.
Reappointed to four-year terms by the UNC Board of Governors were: Ronald Paulus, Mission Health System CEO; Pat Smith, retired president of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina; and Cissie Stevens, retired director of the College for Seniors at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, now known as Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.
Piyush Patel, a technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in prominent companies like IBM and Qualcomm, was reappointed to a four-year term by the Governor.
The board also elected officers for 2013-14: N. King Prather, senior vice president and general counsel of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, was elected chair. Douglas Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, was elected vice chair. Audrey Byrd Mosley, general counsel of the National Academy of Sciences, was re-elected secretary.
The board's next meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Mission Health System Mountain View Room in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center.
Board meetings are open to the public. Portions of the meetings may be closed to the public under the provisions of the North Carolina Open Meetings Act.
For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Office of the Chancellor at 828.251.6500.