UNC-TV board elects new leaders

bcain@newsobserver.com June 11, 2012 

UNC-TV recently elected Robert D. Teer Jr. of Durham as its Board of Trustees chairman and Sabrina D. Bengel of New Bern as vice chairwoman.

Both will serve two-year terms.

Teer, president and principal owner of Teer Associates, a commercial real estate development firm in Research Triangle Park, previously served as vice chairman of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with business ties to RTP since 1969. Teer has postgraduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and UNC-Chapel Hill, and he served in the United States Army Reserve for 28 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Bengel is president of New Bern Tours & Convention Services, which runs New Bern’s Trolley Car Tours, and she serves as an alderman with the city. Bengel also works as a managing partner with “The Birthplace of Pepsi,” a museum in New Bern at the site where Pepsi-Cola was invented. Bengel is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where she is to be honored this fall with the Distinguished Service Award at the school’s homecoming.

The UNC-TV board is a 22-member advisory board reporting to the UNC Board of Governors. The Board of Governors appoints 11 members; four are appointed by the governor, and the president pro tem of the state Senate and the speaker of the House each appoint one. The remaining five members are the president of the UNC system, the president of the community college system, the superintendent of public instruction, the secretary of health and human services, and the secretary of cultural resources.

Both Teer and Bengel were appointed by the Board of Governors – Teer in 2008 and Bengel in 2011, serving a partial term after the departure of another board member.

Cain: 919-829-4579

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