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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Updated September 13, 2013
Patricia Miller Zollar
Elected 2011; term ends 2015
Miller Zollar is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman. Neuberger Berman is an independent asset management firm with approximately $160 billion of assets under management. She is a principal of the NB Alternative Funds of Funds team. Among her responsibilities is the management of the NB Emerging Mangers Private Equity Fund. Before joining private equity, she co-headed and co-founded the Lehman Brothers Partnership Solutions Group (“PSG”), a Wall Street business focused on developing strategic opportunities with women- and minority-owned financial services firms. The innovation of the Partnership Solutions Group was recently chronicled in a case at the Harvard Business School. Before rejoining Lehman Brothers in 2004, Miller Zollar spent 8 years in asset management. Most of that time was with Goldman Sachs, where she was a vice president of institutional marketing.
Miller Zollar received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.S., with highest distinction, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she served as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Bertram E. Walls, MD, MBA
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.
Karen J. Collins
Elected 2011; term ends 2015
Karen J. Collins has been a driving force in creating collaborative, dynamic business cultures and focused corporate oversight as president of Collins Collaboration, while leading Fortune 500 senior management initiatives and by serving as a board member of noted organizations across the nation.
Collins launched Collins Collaboration, LLC to offer her nationally recognized planning, management and corporate administration skills directly to organizations looking to shape long-term strategies, define/realize shared goals and maximize sustainable growth.
Collins frequently speaks on leadership panels around the country and currently serves on the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee, the Board of Trustees at North Carolina A&T State University and the Social Compact Board of Directors.
She is a recipient of the National Eagle Leadership Institute’s CareerFOCUS Eagle Award which is presented annually to a select group of nationally recognized executives who embody excellence in both corporate and community leadership.
Prior to Collins Collaboration, Collins served as president and chairman of The First American Homeownership Foundation and Corelogic Foundation, leading the Foundation’s nationwide objectives to promote financial literacy, foreclosure prevention, homebuyer education and neighborhood revitalization.
Spence H. Broadhurst
Elected 2011; term ends 2015
Spence Broadhurst is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for NewBridge Bank in Greensboro. He began his career as a loan officer in Wake Forest, NC and progressed to Community Executive in Wake Forest in 1988, Community Executive in Salisbury in 1995, Market President in Wilmington in 1997 and President of the Triad Region in 2006. Broadhurst formerly served as the Commercial Line of Business Manager for North and South Carolina with SunTrust (Legacy Central Carolina Bank/National Commerce Financial).
Broadhurst served as Mayor of Wilmington from 2003 to 2006. While in Wilmington he served as a director of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the Community Boys and Girls Club, New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority, the Wilmington Industrial Development Corporation and the Wilmington Film Commission.
Currently, Broadhurst serves as a director of the Piedmont Triad Partnership (regional economic development authority), the Greensboro Partnership Economic Development Alliance and Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc. and is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro.
A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Broadhurst is married to the former Kimberly Poole and they have three children. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also attended the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU.
Pamela M. Buncum
Elected 2011; term ends 2015
After working as an accountant and financial internal auditor for approximately 12 years, Pam McCorkle Buncum has since switched her focus to community and public school volunteer service. Since 1993, she has used her time and talents volunteering with various PTA’s/PTO’s, school councils, community and civic organizations in North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, and currently Georgia. These experiences uniquely prepared her for a 2008 campaign for DeKalb County School Board At-Large District 8. Even though this first attempt at public office ended in a run-off and not a win, she successfully broadened her network of county/state elected officials, business/faith-based community leaders and concerned parents.
Buncom more recently has served as Co-President of Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) PTSA, CCHS charter renewal committee, Co-President of Dunwoody Chamblee Parents’ Council, CCHS Blue & Gold Foundation, Chair CCHS Governance Council, Co-President PTSA Chamblee Middle School and PTA Committee chair Montgomery Elementary School. She currently serves on the DeKalb County School System Citizens Advisory Committee, (the oversight committee for the school district’s $466 million Capital Improvement Plan). In 2007, the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors selected her to serve on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. She currently serves as Chair of the Board. She has received various awards and recognition for her volunteer work and dedication to students. One of her greatest honors was traveling to Washington, D.C. in May of 2007 to accept the National Charter School of the Year award for Chamblee Charter High School. The Center for Education Reform awarded the top charter schools in the country at an Awards Ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Building.
A native of Mt. Holly, NC, Buncum is a 1981 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Her husband, Kelvin, is owner and President of International Medical Solutions, LLC.
Buncum resides in Rogers, Arkansas with her husband Kelvin. They have two sons, Omari, currently a student at Morehouse College and Bakari, a current student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Willie A. Deese
Elected 2007; term ends 2015
Willie A. Deese is Executive Vice President and President of the Merck Manufacturing Division, with responsibility for Merck’s worldwide manufacturing operations. He oversees 85 manufacturing and distribution sites in over 25 countries around the world with 26,000 people reporting in to him and with an operating budget of $9.0 B. He is also responsible for Merck’s global procurement organization. Deese serves as a member of Merck’s Executive Committee.
Deese joined Merck as Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, in January 2004, after having established a track record of outstanding success as an executive and manager for several pharmaceutical, health care and high technology companies, including GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, PLC; SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, PLC; Kaiser Permanente; and Digital Equipment Corporation.
During a 34-year career, Deese has spent 32 years in positions directly related to supporting, enabling or leading manufacturing operations, including plant management responsibility during his tenure at Digital Equipment Corporation.
Since joining Merck, Deese has made significant contributions to enhancing the Company’s operating efficiency. He developed and implemented a procurement transformation strategy which has helped Merck dramatically reduce its cost of goods, materials and services. He is currently leading the integration and transformation of global manufacturing for the new Merck, which has an ambitious target of making Merck's medicines and vaccines affordable and accessible to a significantly larger percentage of the world's population.
Deese began his career in 1976 at Digital Equipment Corp. in Springfield, Mass., serving in a variety of procurement, materials management and operations functions, ultimately becoming Site Manager, responsible for delivering worldwide requirements for disk and tape drive subsystems. In 1992, he joined SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia, ultimately becoming Vice President and Director, Purchasing. In 1996, Deese became Vice President, Purchasing, at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., where he had responsibility for creating and implementing the procurement strategy for the world’s largest integrated health care system.
In 1997, he returned to SmithKline Beecham as Senior Vice President and Director, Purchasing. Deese led the integration of the Glaxo and SmithKline procurement organizations through their merger, becoming Senior Vice President, Global Procurement and Logistics for GlaxoSmithKline in 2001.
Deese earned his B.A. in Business Administration at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1977, and his M.B.A. at Western New England College in 1983. He and his wife, Carol, live in Doylestown, PA.
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.
Emerson U. Fullwood
Elected 2009; term ends 2017
Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He began his career as an account representative and has held several executive and general management leadership positions within the company, including executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America, president of the Xerox Worldwide Channels Group, president of Latin America, executive chief staff officer of Developing Markets and president of Worldwide Customer Services.
Fullwood serves as a director of Amerigroup Corporation, as well as the Vanguard Group and the Vanguard Funds, the United Way of Rochester, the Rochester Boy Scouts of America, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Urban League and Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School. He was formerly a director of General Signal Corporation and the Xerox Foundation. He has been a director of SPX since 1998.
Most recently, he has been named RIT's Minett Professor and will work with the E. Philip Saunders College of Business during 2009-10. The Minett Professorship was designed to bring distinguished Rochester-area minority professionals to RIT to share their knowledge and experience with students and faculty for one year.
A native of North Carolina, Fullwood holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from North Carolina State University and a master of business administration degree in marketing from Columbia University.
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.
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, an executive co-sponsor of VF Corporation’s United Way Campaign 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 23 years.
Elected 2011; term ends 2015
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.
Canisha Cierra Turner
Elected 2013; term ends 2014
Canisha Cierra Turner is a senior agricultural business major and USDA 1890 Scholar at North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to being elected president of the Student Government Association for the 2013-2014 academic year, Turner served as vice president of internal affairs. She is also a former student senator for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, executive assistant to the president of Lobbyist for Common Cause: The Movement, and Miss Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
The Waverly, Va., native has been civically engaged since an early age, participating in local, state and national beauty and talent competitions, and serving in leadership roles for nationally recognized youth development and mentoring programs. Among numerous accolades, Turner was honored as a 2011 Janet Jackson 20under20 Youth Award winner. In 2012, she traveled with a group of her peers to Ghana, West Africa, to donate books and school supplies. Turner looks forward to attending graduate school upon completion of her baccalaureate studies and transitioning into her early career as a realty specialist with the USDA Superior National Forest Service in Duluth, Minn. Her ultimate goal is to become a press secretary for The White House.
Faye Tate Williams
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.