Occupation: Attorney; Of Counsel, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA
Education: B.A., History, Wake Forest; J.D. UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law; M.B.A. University of Virginia
Family: Married to Sara Oliver Bissette with two children, five grandchildren
Major Elective Offices and Boards: former Mayor of Asheville; former President Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, WCI, Inc.; Vice-Chairman Carolina Alliance Bank; former Vice-Chairman Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; former President N.C. Arboretum Society; Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition; former trustee Western Carolina University.
Personnel and Tenure Committee, Secretary; Strategic Initiatives Committee
Occupation:Chief Operating Officer Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Education: MHA Health Administration, Pfeiffer University; B.A. Biology, UNC-CH Cytology, UNC-CH School of Medicine
Family: One daughter
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Former commissioner/vice chair, Gaston County Board of Commissioners; Representative, North Carolina House of Representatives; Board of Directors, NC Association of County Commissioners; Member Board of Trustees, NC Insurance Pool; Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church; NC Member, Partnership for Children; Member, CaroMont Health Board of Directors.
Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs Committee, Secretary; Strategic Initiatives Committee
Occupation: Founding President, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC)
Education: B.S. in Political Science, North Carolina Central University; J.D. UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to La Nica Allison with two daughters
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Board of Trustees, North Carolina Central University; North Carolina Education Cabinet, Committee Member; Research Triangle High School (STEM), Founding Board Member; member Hope Community Church.
Occupation: President, Challenge Foundation Properties
Education: B.S. Appalachian State University; MPA, Western Carolina University
Family: Married to Erina Byers with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former member Western Carolina University (WCU) Board of Trustees; Twenty year law enforcement, retired NC Sheriff; ASU alumni, WCU Alumni, Catamount Club, member Kiwanis International.
Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee; Budget and Finance Committee, Vice Chair
Occupation: Certified Public Accountant
Education: B.A., Morehouse College
Family: Two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Raleigh City Bank Advisory Board, BB&T; National Association of State Boards of Accountancy; United Way of the Greater Triangle; Board of Trustee member Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC; Board member of IntraHealth International: NC Center for Nonprofits and Cary Academy. Former Chairman of Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees.
Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs Committee
Education: B.S., The Citadel, M.B.A., Golden Gate University, J.D., UNC-Chapel Hill
Family: Married to Rachael Goolsby with three children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: USMC Officer, past NC State Senator 2010-2014 served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Oversight for Justice and Public Safety.
Education: Agricultural-Chemical Program, Wayne County Community College
Family: Married to Judi Keever Grainger with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: member and Chairman of Government Affairs Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina; former member North Carolina State University College of Education and Psychology Advisory Board; former member NCSU Parks Scholarship Board; former member N.C. Grange-Tobacco Executive Board; member Southern Crop Protection Association Board; former Chairman Economic Development Coalition 2000.
Strategic Initiatives Committee; University Governance Committee, Chair
Occupation: Tax attorney
Education: B.S., Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill; J.D. & LL.M (Tax), Georgetown University Law Center
Family: Married to Beth M. Long with two children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former chair, N.C. Bar Association, Tax Section; former director, Caramore Vocational Rehabilitation Center; former director, Shepherds Theological Seminary; director Raleigh Hall of Fame; director Alzheimer's North Carolina; adjunct professor, Campbell University.
Strategic Initiatives Committee; University Governance Committee, Secretary
Education: Salem College; B.S., Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former staff U.S. House of Representatives; member North Carolina Aquarium Society; member UNC Women's Leadership Council; founding member Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore; former member UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors.
Education: B.A. Economics, Wellesley College, Magna Cum Laude; MBA, Harvard Business School
Family: Married to Tom Nelson with two daughters
Major Educational/Elective Offices: has served as Chairman of Spangler Companies, Inc., a private investment firm, since 2005, and prior to that as a General Partner of Wakefield Group, a venture capital firm, since 1988. Member of several boards including C.D. Spangler Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and North Carolina Capital Management Trust; serves as Chair of Fidelity Charitable; formerly served on the boards of Novant Health, Presbyterian Hospital, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Arts and Science Council, and the YMCA of Charlotte. In 2011, became co-chairman of Project L.I.F.T., a public-private partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seeking to increase academic achievement in nine schools in the West Charlotte corridor; named The Charlotte Observer's 2012 Woman of the Year.
Personnel and Tenure Committee, Chair; Strategic Initiatives Committee
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer
Education: B.S., Business Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill; M.B.A., Wake Forest University
Family: Married to Nancy Parrish with three children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Board of Directors CapStone Bank, North Carolina; Travel and Tourism Coalition, National Board of Boy Scouts of America; former member of North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, NC Department of Commerce, and City of Raleigh Convention Center.
Budget and Finance Committee, Chair; Public Affairs Committee, Vice Chair; Strategic Initiatives Committee
Occupation: Business executive
Education: B.S., Political Science, University of Wyoming
Family: Married to Joy Sloan with five children
Major Educational/Elective Offices: former member Board of Trustees at Northwood University; Board of Directors Advance Auto Parts; Board of Directors Wells Fargo Regional Bank; Board of Directors Trail Creek Investments, Inc.; Board of Directors YMCA of the Triangle; Board of Directors First BancCorp NC; former Board of Directors Wake MEd Foundation; former Board of Trustee Ravenscroft School; former chairman American Heart Association Triangle Hart Walk; former Board of Directors National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee, Secretary; University Governance Committee
Occupation: Senior Advisor, Shanahan Law Group and Consultant, National Center for State Court
Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of New Haven, Connecticut; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
Family: Married to Allyson Duncan
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Member, NC Dispute Resolution Commission; Member, American Law Institute; Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and Third Circuit Judicial Conference; Member, Federal Bard Association; Certified Mediator for U.S. District Court; former member E.D.N.C. Local Rules Committee; former chair, E.D.N.C. Local Criminal Rules Committee; former chair, E.D.N.C. Local Patent Rules Committee.
Education: B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill; J.D., NC Central University
Family: Married to Sharon Williford
Major Educational/Elective Offices: Assistant District Attorney, 12th Judicial District; Member, Bank of America Advisory Board; Member, Fayetteville Board of Adjustment; Member, NCCU School of Law Board of Visitors; Member, Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital Board of Trustees.