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14 House nominees up for UNC Board of Governors

From left, then-Rep. Leo Daughtry talks with Thomas Shanahan, UNC senior vice president and general counsel, and UNC Board of Governors members Dr. Joan Perry and Lou Bissette before they speak to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations in Raleigh on Nov. 18, 2015.
From left, then-Rep. Leo Daughtry talks with Thomas Shanahan, UNC senior vice president and general counsel, and UNC Board of Governors members Dr. Joan Perry and Lou Bissette before they speak to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations in Raleigh on Nov. 18, 2015. cseward@newsobserver.com

Fourteen people have been nominated in the House for six seats on the UNC Board of Governors.

The legislature recently acted to downsize the board from 32 members to 28 in 2017, making this year’s race for board seats more competitive. The board will be reduced to 24 members in 2019.

Among the 14 nominees are four current board members: Roger Aiken, an investment broker from Alexander; Henry Hinton, a broadcast executive from Greenville; Doyle Parrish, a Raleigh businessman; and Dr. Joan Perry, a physician from Kinston.

New nominees are: Kellie Hunt Blue of Pembroke, a county government finance director and chair of the UNC Pembroke trustees; Rob Bryan, a Charlotte business executive and former Republican House member who lost his re-election bid last year; Carolyn Lloyd Coward, an attorney from Arden and Western Carolina University trustee; Leo Daughtry, a Smithfield attorney and retired longtime Republican lawmaker; Sidney Dunston of Louisburg, vice chair of the Franklin County commissioners; Kaye Bernard McGarry, a Charlotte educational consultant; Wendy Murphy of Wallace, a longtime UNC Wilmington trustee; Tony Tata, an author, retired general, former Wake County school superintendent and Department of Transportation secretary; Jimmy Tate of Ahoskie, president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College; and Terry Yeargan, a construction professional and from Willow Spring and East Carolina University trustee.

The Senate nominees are due in later this week.

UPDATE: A bill was filed in the Senate Tuesday that would elect school choice advocate Darrell Allison to the Board of Governors to fill the unexpired term of former chair John Fennebresque, who resigned from the board in 2015. Allison is president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group that has lobbied for charter schools and the state’a voucher program known as the Opportunity Scholarships. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

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