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Carolina announces newly selected members of the Board of Visitors

The 53 members begin their four-year terms on July 1.

The Bell Tower.
View of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower on June 5, 2019, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has appointed 53 alumni and friends to serve on one of the most active volunteer organizations at Carolina: the UNC- Chapel Hill Board of Visitors. The new board members, appointed on May 30, will begin their four-year terms on July 1.

As ambassadors of Carolina, approximately 200 Board of Visitors members inform their communities about ongoing work and issues important to the University. In turn, the members share feedback from those communities with the University’s administration. These volunteers actively assist the Board of Trustees and Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz to educate stakeholders about the mission, programs, accomplishments, needs and aspirations of the University. Members also volunteer their time and professional experience as a resource to students who seek guidance ahead of entering the workforce.

Reyna Walters-Morgan of Raleigh will serve as chair of the Board of Visitors and Brian T. Marley of Charlotte will serve as vice chair.

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

North Carolina

Bladen County:Susan Prevette of Elizabethtown

Buncombe County:Laura A. Webb of Asheville

Durham County:Malchus l. Watlington of Durham

Forsyth County:William R. Carter and Theodore C. Kerner of Winston-Salem

Guilford County:Leigh H. Jones, J. Edward Kitchen, Phillip L. McAlpin and Jesse H. Washburn of Greensboro

Mecklenburg County:Martin A. Godwin, William M. Herndon, William T. Houser, Jeffrey L. Irvin, Melinda M. Kaiser and Kay H. Sowers of Charlotte

New Hanover County:Charles S. Baldwin, Jane R. Ellison and Shital R. Patel of Wilmington; Dustin J. Gross of Wrightsville Beach

Orange County:Danny Bell, Maribel Carrion, Joseph Gannon and Stanley M. Koonce of Chapel Hill

Sampson County:James R. Smith of Clinton

Wake County:Lawson A. Rankin of Cary; Stephen C. Bryant, David B. Fountain, LaRee Johnson, Grier Martin, Robert W. Saunders, Rex T. Savery, Barbara B. Weyher and Matthew A. Young of Raleigh.


Edward S. Su of Kentfield; Constance M. Hiatt of San Francisco; Donald P. Johnson of Toluca Lake

District of Columbia

Caroline J. Croft of Washington


Johnathan L. Robertson of Fort Lauderdale


Alex Idichandy of Alpharetta; William D. Smith and Caroline S. Vroon of Atlanta


Eva Chess of Chicago


Brent M. Comstock of Lincoln

New York

Mary Elizabeth M. Catala, Ann T. Colley, Zachary W. Howell and Robert L. Huffines of New York

South Carolina

Katrina L. Jamison of Summerville


MaryEliza Ankenbauer of Austin


John A. Schmidt of Alexandria; Kenneth W. Epps of Arlington; Tamara H. Bickston of Midlothian; R. Mason Bayler of Richmond