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The 62 new members of the Class of 2027 begin their terms this summer

(Chapel Hill, North Carolina – May 18, 2023) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees selected 62 alumni and friends to serve on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors for a four-year term starting July 1, 2023.

Selected members serve as ambassadors to inform their communities about the University’s priorities and, in turn, educate the University on how it can best serve communities around the world. The board is comprised of more than 200 members across the country who actively engage and assist the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. Members also offer their professional expertise and experience while serving on one or more of five subcommittees. In that capacity, members partner with Honors Carolina to recruit top-tier students to Carolina, mentor current students as they navigate their transition to the workforce, and respond to the need for ongoing communication with local, state, and federal leaders.

Jane Ellison of Wilmington, North Carolina, will serve as chair with Alge Crumpler of Atlanta, Georgia., as vice chair. Jesse Cureton of Charlotte, North Carolina, will serve as the immediate past chair.

The new members are alphabetically listed below by North Carolina counties and by locations outside of North Carolina.

North Carolina

Brunswick County: Michele Langford of Calabash
Buncombe County: Leah Ashburn of Asheville
Cumberland County: Samuel Bright of Fayetteville
Durham County: Ralph Mensah and Lynn M. Perry of Durham
Edgecombe County: William Leland of Tarboro
Gaston County: Bradley Overcash of Belmont
Guilford County: Jay Kenerly of Greensboro
Johnston County: Thomas Lock of Smithfield
Macon County: John Mitchener of Highlands
Mecklenburg County: Dianne Bailey; Walter Bridgeman; Graham Cosper; Lisa L. Emory; Sinisa Haberle; E. Bradley Jones; Sanjib Mohanty; Elizabeth Murphy; Geoffrey Nance; and Brandi Newman; and McNeill Wester of Charlotte and Patricia Cotham of Matthews
New Hanover County: Lucien Ellison of Wilmington
Orange County: Susan Allison; Mary M. Chandler; Sterling McCracken; and Barbara Senich of Chapel Hill
Roberson County: Katherine Bosma of Lumberton
Pitt County: Laura Jones of Greenville
Union County: Gwenevere Parker of Monroe; and Tejesh Patel of Waxhaw
Wake County: Jenna Robinson of Cary; Michael Ferguson; John Hardin; Sam Hayes; Taunya Land; Julia Lisella; Donna Preiss; R. Paul Rieker; William J Smith; and Virginia Webb of Raleigh


Dan Ashley of San Francisco


Tiernan Cavanna of Darien


Eugenia Donahoo of Jacksonville; Arthur Gallagher of Coral Gables; and Christopher Ruth of Delray Beach


Christian Charnaux; Amol Naik; and Thomas Pulliam of Atlanta


Andrew Tsui of Hyattsville


Ilana Finley of Boston

New Jersey

Caroline Godfrey of Morristown; and Rose Prey of Princeton

New York

Parke Chapman of Briarcliff Manor

South Carolina

Wesley Carter of Charleston; and Linda Dahlgren of Greenville


Adam Cook of Knoxville


William Beckworth of Fort Worth; Henry Hamilton of Houston; and W. Michael Hyatt of Dallas


Calvin Hall of Williamsburg; and Daniel Morrison of Alexandria


About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader. Carolina is passionately public, with a commitment to ensuring that every student who earns admission can come to Carolina and thrive. Addressing the greatest challenges of our time through innovative teaching, research and public service, Carolina is an engine of opportunity for the next generation of students, the economy and innovation in North Carolina and beyond. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. The nearly 356,000 alumni of Carolina’s 15 schools including the College of Arts and Sciences live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and 161 countries. Nearly 193,000 live in North Carolina.

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