Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University is comprised of 13 individuals chosen as follows: eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor and the president of the N.C. A&T Student Government Association (ex-officio). The term of office of all trustees, except the ex-officio member is four years.

The duties of the N.C. A&T Board of Trustees are to promote the sound development of the university with the functions prescribed for it, helping it to serve the people of the state in a way that will complement the activities of the other institutions and enable it to perform at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor. The board serves as advisor to the UNC Board of Governors on matters pertaining to the university and shall also serve as advisor to the chancellor concerning the management and development of the university.

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Members
Updated September 9, 2015

Bertram E. Walls
Bertram E. Walls, MD, MBA
Board Chairman
Elected 2009; term ends 2017

Walls is a seasoned physician executive business and healthcare consultant with over 30 years of experience in the clinical and management side of medicine. After a successful private Ob/Gyn medical practice career, Dr. Walls focused his professional career on the “business of medicine”. He has held senior executive positions in multiple healthcare enterprises including managed care organizations, medical professional liability companies, a medical software development company, and large physician practice management corporations. His entrepreneurial spirit has led to ownership of several companies including a healthcare advisory and consultancy company.  He has a diverse and proven history in mergers and acquisitions, finance, strategic planning, new business development and P&L/ Balance Sheet optimization. He has served on numerous for profit and not for profit boards.

Walls received his BS degree in Professional Biology from North Carolina A&T State University in 1973. He received his Medical Degree from Duke University in 1976 and his MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 1995. He is an Assistant Clinical Consulting Professor for the Department of Ob/Gyn at Duke Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Walls is currently President and Medical Director of Phoenix Obstetrics/Gynecology LLC and Premiere Ob/Gyn Associates, PA., with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Durham, N.C.

 Emerson U. Fullwood
Emerson U. Fullwood
Vice Chairman
Elected 2009; term ends 2017

Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation, a leading technology and global services company. Having joined Xerox in 1972, he spent 36 years as a corporate executive. Fullwood directed Xerox’s large global office products and systems business. He served as president of Xerox Worldwide Channels Group, president of Latin America, president of Worldwide Customer Services Group, and executive chief staff officer of Developing Markets Group. In his most recent assignment, He was executive chief and marketing officer for Xerox North America. He held several executive and general management leadership positions within Xerox through his career.

An active business leader, Fullwood serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. Currently, he serves as the lead director of SPX Corporation, and a director of the Vanguard Group and Vanguard funds. He was a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation. He frequently is named among the nation’s top executives, earning recognition in 2007 from Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004, from VAR Business magazine, as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers.

Fullwood currently serves as a board member and/or officer for a wide range of organizations, including: University of Rochester Medical Center, North Carolina A&T State University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Urban League of Rochester, United Way of Greater Rochester, Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He also works with several professional and church organizations.

Through the years, Fullwood has received numerous business and community awards. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was the 2009 Minett Professor and currently serves as the executive-in-residence at the RIT Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University. He and his wife Vernita have two daughters and reside in Pittsford, New York, a suburb of Rochester.

Faye Tate Williams
Faye Tate Williams
Secretary
Elected 2009; term ends 2017

Faye Tate Williams is a registered nurse employed at The Durham Veterans Administration (VA) in Durham North Carolina.  She has been employed at the VA for thirty years.  She currently works as a nurse in the mental health / primary care clinic as a patient care coordinator.  Her roles in the VA have been that of staff nurse, assistant head nurse, and nurse manager.

Williams serves as the primary registered nurse on the team of professionals that administer ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).  She was responsible for the origination and structure of the outpatient ECT program.  Her planning skills led to the conversion of an inpatient program to equivalent care on an outpatient basis. This logistical strategy led to major cost savings for the hospital and higher patient satisfaction.

Her versatility has enabled her to provide care to a variety of patients with complex needs such as schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.   One of her biggest challenges in her career at present is learning to provide care and support to patients    returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries.  Her clinical responsibilities also include providing care and education to patients and their families with chronic medical diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other medical issues.  She has received several performance and achievement awards from the VA Hospital.

Williams is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a BSN in nursing in 1978.  In 1988 she received a Masters of Art from North Carolina Central University in Agency Counseling. 

John W. Bluford III
John W. Bluford III
Elected  2015; term ends 2019

With an impressive career in healthcare administration that has spanned more than 40 years, Bluford is president emeritus of Truman Medical Centers (TMC). He is nationally known as a healthcare innovator who has been recognized by Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the most influential people in healthcare.

He began his career as a Center for Disease Control and Prevention-trained epidemiologist and later led the Pilot City Health Center in Minneapolis to come the first community health center to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Bluford is most proud of helping to change the culture of the organizations he’s led to become more innovative, competitive and customer service oriented.

He is a past recipient of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award, Modern Healthcare’s CEO/IT Achievement Award, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management-Laura Jackson Award, Kansas City’s Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award, Richland (South Carolina School District) One Hall of Fame, Missouri Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential, Urban League Difference Maker Award, NAACP Special Achievement Award, and Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leadership Award.

Toby Brodie
Toby Brodie
Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Brodie owned and served as superintendent and project manager for Brodie Contractors Inc. in Raleigh for more than 13 years. In those roles, he provided leadership in project planning and strategy in general oversight and planning, project management and implementation as well as ensuring quality of work products while coordinating with clients to define work programs and budgets.

Prior to starting his own business, Brodie worked as a senior corporate accountant for ClinTrials Research Inc., a project financial analyst at Accounting Solutions and a staff accountant at AccounTemps.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University, an executive masters of business administration from Walden University and certification as a masonry executive from the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association.

William A. Dudley
William A. Dudley
Elected 2013; term ends 2017

Retired since 2007, after 31 years of state government services, Dudley began his professional career as assistant to the president of Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. After a two-year stint in the Office of State Personnel in Raleigh, he was named an administrative staff aide in the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs. From 1981 to 1993, Dudley was executive director of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Board for the Department of Correction. In 1993, he became assistant secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and chief deputy secretary in 1996. He currently chairs the North Carolina Boxing Advisory Commission and is a management trainer with his company, Dudley Solutions LLC.

Dudley was born and raised near La Grange, N.C. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University in 1972, where he was vice president of the senior class and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He earned his law degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1976. He maintains a limited law practice and is a member of several professional associations.

Venessa Harrison
Venessa Harrison
Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Harrison is president of AT&T North Carolina. Responsible for the public policy, economic development and community affairs activities of AT&T, a leading provider of wireless and wireline communications services, she works closely with state and community leaders to bring new technology and jobs to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

She has worked for AT&T and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years. Harrison began her career in the operator services organization and moved through positions increasing responsibility in the network, business and regulatory and external affairs departments.

Harrison is a member of the North Carolina Chamber Board of Directors, the North Carolina Business Leaders for Education (BEST NC) and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). She is also a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits.

She holds a degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and is married with two children.

Janice Bryant Howroyd
Janice Bryant Howroyd
Elected 2009; term ends 2017

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Chairman and CEO of the Act•1 Group, a global leader in the staffing and human resources industry. Building on an international scope and resources, her company creates and implements innovative technologies and business services that allow firms to optimize their talent pools and bottom line through optimal/innovative resource management.

A proven leader in talent acquisition and supplier management solutions, the Act•1 Group's 30+ years of strategic growth has provided service to companies up through the Fortune 1000. World-wide resources allows customers to reap significant and scalable advantages through the Act•1 Group’s modular technology and service offerings.

The Act•1 Group consists of: Agile•1 Workforce Solutions, which provides solutions for human capital and vendor management to create streamlined and efficient contingent staffing and project based processes; AppleOne Staffing, a provider of Temporary, Contract and Direct Hire Employment services and Business Services Solutions, which offers background checking, distance learning, travel services and full-service document management.

A North Carolina native, Howroyd left her hometown in 1976 armed with $700. Since then, she has dedicated her efforts to building an organization that is committed to keeping the humanity in human resources. She is a strong advocate for balance of education and entrepreneurship in the workforce. Active industry involvement gives her a unique understanding of the challenges faced by global workers and business owners alike. Her expertise on the subjects of workforce optimization and entrepreneurship has made her a much sought-after speaker. She is also the author of The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!, in which she distills over 30 years of experience into a work/life balance guide for individuals wishing to further their personal and professional success.

Donna A. James
Donna A. James
Elected 2015; term ends 2019

James is a trusted resource and advisor for business leaders in both the public and private sectors. With more than 30 years of diverse management and leadership experience, she is the founder and managing director of Lardon & Associates LLC. Her areas of focus include corporate governance, business development strategy, financial and risk management, human capital management and leadership development.

She currently serves on the board of directors for L Brands, Time Warner Cable and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. James is a board trustee for Ohio Health, co-executive director for the African American Leadership Academy and co-chair for Columbus’ Infant Mortality Task Force.

Prior to starting her own business, James spent time a president of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. She is also the founder and board chair of the Center for Healthy Families, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the lives of pregnant and parenting teens and their children.

James earned her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University and is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees from Tiffin University and N.C. A&T. She is married to attorney Larry James, partner with Crabbe, Brown & James in Columbus, Ohio. The couple has two adult children, Christopher and Justin, and five grandchildren.

Timothy O. King
Timothy King
Elected 2015; term ends 2019

King is a retired vice president of the Dow Chemical Company. Over 34 years of service, he held a variety of roles including sales, marketing, purchasing and business operations.

He joined Dow in 1976 in the New York sales office, holding a variety of positions before joining the marketing function. He has served as product marketing manager, district sales manager, group marketing manager and global director for marketing and sales. King also held the positions of commercial vice president and vice president.

King is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he currently serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the School of Business and Economics. He and his wife Marion, also an Aggie, live in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where they enjoy golf, fine dining and traveling.

Laura C. Meagher
Laura C. Meagher
Elected 2013; term ends 2017

Meagher is vice president, general counsel and secretary of VF Corporation (NYSE)—a global leader in lifestyle branded apparel with $10 billion in annual revenue and a diverse portfolio of brands— and a member of VF’s Operating Committee. Prior to joining VF in 2004, she served as general counsel for Allen Telecom, Inc. (NYSE), a wireless telecommunications company in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member and past chairman of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Operating Group, a former vice chairman of the Greensboro Partnership Board and a member of its Entrepreneurship Committee, a director of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad and a 2012 Triad Business Journal “Women in Business” honoree.

Meagher received her B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and her J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been practicing law for more than 25 years.

Austin O. Ogletree
Austin E. Ogletree
SGA President, Ex officio
Elected 2015; term ends 2016

Ogletree is a junior industrial systems engineering major from Barnesville, Georgia. He has been actively involved in the Student Government Association as well as the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc.

He has served as an Emerging Leader delegate for the U.S. China Cultural Exchange as part of the White House Initiative on International Study. He traveled with 19 other undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Ogletree’s administration actively advocates for post-graduate education, career readiness and cultural awareness, while striving to develop the campus atmosphere.

He is the son of Pastor Craig and Sherrelle Ogletree and big brother to Dallas and Olivia. He enjoys singing and trying new foods.

Tim Rice
Tim Rice
Elected 2011; term ends 2019

Tim Rice was born and raised in Washington State.  He attended Washington State University, graduating with a degree in pharmacy and later a residency in clinical pharmacy.  He began his health care career as a pharmacist at Cone Health’s Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro in 1978, progressing into a position managing several aspects of the operation of the pharmacy department.  He pursued a graduate degree in health administration at Duke University and returned to Cone Health in various management roles, primarily with product line responsibilities for various centers of excellence.

In 1992 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Health Services Division of Cone Health where he led the organization’s efforts developing non-acute care services, including nursing homes, home care, hospice, outpatient surgery, physician office developments and other outpatient entities.  In 1997 Rice became the Executive Vice President of Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.  In this role he led the 547-bed teaching facility, which provides tertiary services for the Greensboro and surrounding areas.  He served as Chief Operating Officer of Cone Health from 2001-2004, when he was responsible of the network’s five acute care hospitals.  He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cone Health in August 2004.

Rice is very active in professional, civic and church efforts.  He serves on the boards of the North Carolina Hospital Association, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro Partnership, National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ), Piedmont Triad Partnership and the GTCC Foundation.  He serves nationally on the Board of Directors of The Joint Commission which is an accrediting agency for healthcare facilities, serves on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the VHA Central Atlantic Board and the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Rice and his wife Carolynn live in Greensboro.  They have two children and two grandchildren.