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Hans Elected Chair of the UNC Board of Governors; Other Officers Named

June 15, 2012

CHAPEL HILL – Peter D. Hans, a senior policy advisor for the Raleigh law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the UNC Board of Governors, the policy-making body of the multi-campus University of North Carolina.  Hans, whose term begins July 1, is currently completing his second term as the board’s vice chairman.  In addition, Cary businessman Frank Grainger was elected vice chairman, and Cary businesswoman Ann B. Goodnight was elected board secretary.

First elected to the Board of Governors in 2003, Hans has previously chaired the board’s Public Affairs Committee, as well as board task forces examining the cost of college textbooks and relations with the Community College System. He also served on the University of North Carolina Tomorrow Commission and the 2005 and 2010 Presidential Search Committees.  Prior to joining the Board of Governors, he completed a six-year term on the State Board of Community Colleges, serving as vice chair and chair of the Policy Committee.  A 1991 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a degree in political science, Hans grew up in the towns of Southport and Hendersonville. Earlier in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill as senior policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, then-U.S. Representative (now U.S. Senator) Richard Burr, and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Dole.

Grainger founded Wilmington-based Fair Products, Inc., and was a founding director of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina.  After serving three previous terms on the Board of Governors (1997-2009), he was re-elected to the board in 2011 and currently serves on the Public Affairs Committee.  A founding member of the advisory board for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Society at NC State University, he has previously served on the Wolfpack Club board of directors and the College of Education advisory board. Grainger co-founded the NC State Economic Development Coalition 2000 and is a member of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation.  A previous chair of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum Gala, he has also served on the arboretum’s board of directors.  NC State's Alumni Association honored Grainger with an honorary alumnus degree in 1998 and an Award of Merit in 2008. In 2004, he received the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation's Distinguished Service Award.

Elected to the Board of Governors in 2007, Goodnight is Director of Community Relations at SAS in Cary and currently serves on the Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs Committee.  A former member of the NC State Board of Trustees, she serves on the National Advisory Board for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State, is a co-founder and board member of Cary Academy, and serves on the board of the NC Public School Forum and the NC New Schools Project. Goodnight is past chair of the YMCA We Build People Campaign and is a trustee for the Wake Education Partnership. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for High Five Regional Partnership and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, she is also on the Board of Advisors for the Triangle Leadership Academy and is a Trustee with the North Carolina Museum of Art.  In 2008, Goodnight – along with her husband and SAS Institute founder Jim Goodnight – established NC State’s Goodnight Scholarship Program, created to help ease the burden of tuition and fees for incoming freshman students from North Carolina.

The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.