Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is comprised of 13 individuals chosen as follows: eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the N.C. General Assembly and one ex officio (the president of the N.C. A&T Student Government Association). 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 August 21, 2017

Timothy King, Chairman | Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Timothy King 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.

Tim Rice, Vice Chairman | Elected 2011; term ends 2019

Tim RiceTim 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.

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Secretary | Elected 2017; term ends 2021

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland

Pinnix-Ragland is a retired Duke Energy corporate affairs and business executive acknowledged for building best-in-class organizations that consistently achieve aggressive revenue and profit objectives. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at AHK Global Resources. She is also a dedicated board member/advisor to numerous industry, educational, and community organizations, bringing new strategy and processes to enhance effectiveness.

She serves on the board of directors of RTI International as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Audit Committee, and is an independent director and member of the Finance Committee of North Carolina Dental Services Inc. She is also on the advisory board of BB&T Bank and chair of the Executive Advisory Committee of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She is a Chapter Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a member of Women Corporate Directors, and the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s Lifetime Women in Business Award and 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pinnix-Ragland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She also completed graduate studies in taxation at St. John’s University and the Executive Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

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

John W. Bluford IIIWith 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.

Calvin Brodie | Elected 2017; term ends 2021

Calvin BrodieBrodie is president of Brodie Contractors, a general contracting company that specializes in masonry construction. The company began with two local masons and has grown to employ over 300 laborers, masons, engineers and managers.

Brodie is a member of the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association and served as president for two years. His company maintains a reputation of dedication, quality-work and efficiency. Brodie Contractors boasts work seen on the campuses of North Carolina State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University; Wake County Schools, the Town of Cary and the City of Raleigh as well as many other high-profile entities.

Toby Brodie | Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Toby BrodieBrodie worked for his father who founded and is president of Brodie Contractors, Inc. He served as a superintendent and project manager for more than 14 years. In those roles, he provided leadership in project planning, strategy in general oversight and project implementation. He also ensured quality of work during the building process while coordinating with clients to define work schedules and budgets. He left the company in 2015 and moved to Austin, Texas, to start his own construction development firm specializing in multi-family, warehouse offices, and self-storage facilities development and management.

Prior to working for the family owned business, Brodie worked in the field of accounting as a senior corporate accountant for ClinTrials Research Inc., a project financial analyst at Accounting Solutions and a staff accountant at AccounTemps.

He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and a master's degree in business administration from Walden University. He and his wife Kimberly have four children.

Venessa Harrison | Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Vanessa HarrisonHarrison 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.

Donna A. James | Elected 2015; term ends 2019

Donna James

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, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Boston Scientific and the private company FIS Group. James is a board trustee for OhioHealth, executive director for the African American Leadership Academy and co-chair for the Columbus Celebrate One initiative to reduce infant mortality. 

Prior to starting her own business, James spent time as president of Nationwide Strategic Investments, a division of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. She is also the founder and former 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 three honorary doctorate degrees from Tiffin University, N.C. A&T and Otterbein University. 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.

Paul L. Jones | Elected 2017; term ends 2021

Paul Jones Jones is a retired senior resident superior court judge with over 20 years of experience. From his time building his own law firm, to a distinguished military career, to his numerous years working throughout the state and federal court system, Jones is a proven leader and legal expert.

Jones received a B.S. from North Carolina A&T State University (1971) and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law (1974). His military career began upon graduation from N.C. A&T. 

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Jones ultimately retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of colonel and numerous commendations and medals, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. In 2003, he was inducted into the A&T Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

After his discharge from the military, he returned to his hometown of Kinston, North Carolina to begin the practice of law. Later he served as managing attorney for Eastern Carolina Legal Services, owned a legal firm, taught at North Carolina Central University School of Law and served as a staff attorney with the United States Supreme Court.

As a testament to his leadership and service, he has been appointed to numerous boards, commissions and associations throughout North Carolina.

George D. Mainor | Elected 2017; term ends 2021

MGeorge D. Mainorainor is the owner of Mainor Tile & Irrigation Inc. He is affiliated with the North Carolina Irrigation Society, the Carolina Irrigation Association and the Irrigation Association, the Selective Service Board and the Duplin County Agri-Business Association.

Mainor attended Fayetteville State University and is married to the former Carolyn Melton. They have three daughters.

Laura C. Meagher | Elected 2013; term ends 2021

Laura MeagherMeagher 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, Missouri, and her J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been practicing law for more than 25 years.

Joseph R. Parker Jr. | Elected 2017; term ends in 2021

Joe Parker

Parker is a retired senior vice president of the former Wachovia Bank. During his 31 years of service, Parker held several leadership positions, including manager of residential mortgage manager for Virginia and president of Wachovia Community Development Corporation. He also served on numerous boards and commissions, including chairman of the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and founding board member of KeySource Commerical Bank. Currently, he is a member of the Aggie Athletic Foundation Board of Directors, N.C. A&T National Alumni Association Inc. Board of Directors and N.C. A&T Board of Visitors. 

Parker is a 1967 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. He and his wife Nellie live in Durham, North Carolina. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Delaney Vandergrift | Ex Officio; term ends 2019

Delaney Vandergrift

Vandergrift is a senior political science and multimedia journalism student from the capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina. Vandergrift currently serves as president of the North Carolina A&T Student Government Association (SGA). Her love for her university and community shows in her extracurricular activity. In 2016, she co-founded a political education organization, Black University, which highlights the importance of historically black colleges and universities and reminds students of the power of their voices in North Carolina. She has completed two social justice fellowships, facilitated political education workshops, spearheaded civic engagement initiatives on campus, completed an internship with The African American Policy Forum and currently serves as a Democracy Fellow for Campus Vote. The Vandergrift administration stands on the platform of “The Family Plan,” which endeavors to uplift the spirit of community, advocacy and student power. 

Upon completion of her studies, Vandergrift plans to continue social justice and advocacy work domestically and globally.