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CHAPEL HILL – UNC Board of Governors Chair-Elect Harry Smith has announced assignments for the 2018-2019 UNC Board of Governors standing and special committees. These committees play a critical role in developing policy recommendations and ensuring oversight of the university system. The assignments will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

“This Board is about good governance for the UNC System and greater accountability for the taxpayers of North Carolina,” said Chair-Elect Smith. “We want to make informed decisions and identify solutions for this state—and these committee appointments are a big part of the strategy. I’m also looking forward to the newly created committees tackling big issues like serving our student veterans and our historically minority-serving institutions.”

The UNC Board of Governors is responsible for the planning, development, and overall governance of the state’s public university system. Its 28 voting members are elected by the NC General Assembly for four-year terms.

“This new slate of committee members will further our efforts to implement the Board’s Strategic Plan and meet our shared goals of improving student access and success and ensuring college affordability for all citizens of North Carolina,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “We want to build a college-going culture in this state—and thanks to Chair-Elect Smith’s leadership—we have the right Board members in the right places to make this a reality.”

The new committee assignments include: 


Committee on Budget and Finance (7 Voting Members)

O. Temple Sloan (Chair)

Robert A. Rucho (Vice Chair)

Carolyn L. Coward (Secretary)

Darrell T. Allison

Thomas H. Fetzer

James L. Holmes, Jr.

W. Marty Kotis, III

Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs (6 Voting Members)

Anna S. Nelson (Chair)

Robert P. Bryan, III (Vice Chair)

M. Ann Maxwell (Secretary)

Walter C. Davenport

Joe T. Knott, III 

Steven B. Long

Bettylenah Njaramba

Committee on Personnel and Tenure (7 Voting Members)

Wendy F. Murphy (Chair)

Kellie Hunt Blue (Vice Chair)

H. Frank Grainger (Secretary)

W. Louis Bissette, Jr.

N. Leo Daughtry

Thomas C. Goolsby

R. Doyle Parrish

Committee on University Governance (7 Voting Members)

David M. Powers (Chair)

J. Alexander Mitchell (Vice Chair)

William A. Webb (Secretary)

Pearl Burris-Floyd

C. Philip Byers

Randall C. Ramsey

Michael L. Williford

Committee on Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance (5 Voting Members)

James L. Holmes, Jr. (Chair)

Thomas H. Fetzer (Vice Chair)

Thomas C. Goolsby (Secretary)

Robert A. Rucho

William A. Webb

Committee on Public Affairs (5 Voting Members)

C. Philip Byers (Chair)

W. Marty Kotis, III (Vice Chair)

Joe T. Knott, III (Secretary)

N. Leo Daughtry

R. Doyle Parrish


Committee on Strategic Initiatives (7 Voting Members)

J. Alexander Mitchell (Chair)

Michael L. Williford (Vice Chair)

Robert P. Bryan, III (Secretary)

Pearl Burris-Floyd

M. Ann Maxwell

Anna S. Nelson

David M. Powers

Bettylenah Njaramba

Committee on Healthcare (5 Voting Members)

O. Temple Sloan, III (Chair)

N. Leo Daughtry (Vice Chair)

Carolyn L. Coward (Secretary)

W. Louis Bissette, Jr.

Randall C. Ramsey

Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (5 Voting Members)

Darrell T. Allison (Chair)

Steven B. Long (Vice Chair)

Walter C. Davenport (Secretary)

Kellie Hunt Blue

Wendy F. Murphy

Subcommittee on Laboratory Schools (5 Voting Members)

C. Philip Byers (Chair)

Darrell T. Allison

Robert P. Bryan, III

H. Frank Grainger

M. Ann Maxwell

Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs (6 Voting Members)

William A. Webb (Chair)

Thomas C. Goolsby (Vice Chair)

R. Doyle Parrish (Secretary)

N. Leo Daughtry

David M. Powers

Michael L. Williford