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UNC Board of Governors member facing assault charge

Doyle Parrish, a major political donor who is on the UNC Board of Governors and the Centennial Authority, is facing a domestic violence charge.

He was arrested last month after a woman said he slapped her and pushed her to the ground in his Raleigh home. Parrish, 61, was arrested on a misdemeanor count of assault on a female on May 13, according to court records. The alleged victim, Nancy Parrish, reported the incident to Raleigh police. His wife is named Nancy Parrish.

The woman reported bruising and abrasions on her shin and foot, according to a court document.

Parrish could not be reached.

A magistrate ordered Parrish remain in the Wake County Jail on a mandatory domestic violence hold for two days. A district court judge on May 18 ordered Parrish released on his promise to appear at his next court date and ordered him to stay away from his wife.

Parrish is the CEO of Summit Hospitality Group, a firm that manages hotels, and serves on the board of a hotel trade association, Hospitality Alliance of North Carolina.

The state House appointed him to the Board of Governors in 2013. At the time, House Speaker Thom Tillis told Republican legislators in an email he estimated that Parrish was “directly responsible for more than $100,000 in financial support through personal contributions to my campaign committee and other candidates and through the Hospitality Alliance.”

Parrish is currently on the Board of Governors search committee looking to hire a successor to UNC President Tom Ross. The Centennial Authority runs PNC Arena in Raleigh.

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