Our Board of Directors

Michael Priddy, Board Chair

Consultant and Trainer, 21st Century Leadership, LLC

Gene Arnold, Immediate Past Chair
Former House Legislator/Business Executive

Tom Oxholm, Board Secretary/Treasurer
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Wake Stone Corporation

Keith Poston
President & Executive Director, Public School Forum of NC

+Barbara Allen

+Lynda Anderson
Retired Education Policy Advisor

Bruce Beasley
Partner, The Beasley Group

Ann Bennett-Phillips
Vice President, Capital Development Services

Tom Bradshaw
President & CEO, Tom Bradshaw & Associates

Miles Devaney
Senior Director of Manufacturing, Biogen

+Katie Dorsett
Former Senate Legislator/Education Consultant

Bob Eaves, Jr.
Business Owner/Investor

Dudley Flood
Education Consultant

+Gerry Hancock
Partner, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP

Sam Houston
President and CEO, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

+Tom Lambeth
Director Emeritus, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Valeria Lee, Chair of Nominations Comittee

Alfred Mays
Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Costa Panagos
CEO, Q2 Solutions, a Quintiles Quest Joint Venture

Chris Rey
Mayor, Spring Lake

Bynum Satterwhite
Vice President, Investments, Raymond James & Associates

Richard Schwartz
Founding Partner, Schwartz & Shaw PLLC

Malbert Smith
President and Co-Founder, MetaMetrics

Doug Sprecher
Senior Vice President,  Branch and ATM Strategy, First Citizens Bank 

Will Sutton
Executive Vice President, BB&T

Richard Urquhart, III
Chief Operating Officer, Investors Management Corporation

Willis (Bill) Whichard
Partner, Tillman, Hinkle & Whichard, PLLC

Tom Williams
President, Strategic Educational Alliances, Inc.

+Douglas Yongue
Former House Legislator/Education Consultant

Marco Zarate
President & Co-Founder, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals

+Denotes Non-Voting Emeritus Members

Our Members

Bill Anderson, UNC Charlotte College of Education

Margaret Arbuckle, Guilford Education Alliance (retired)

Ronnie Beale, NC Association of County Commissioners

Aaron Beaulieu, Durham Public Schools

Rep. Hugh Blackwell, NC General Assembly

Charles Brown, Scotland County Schools

Evelyn Bullock, NCSBA, Nash/Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education

J.B. Buxton, The Education Innovations Group

Mitchell “Kyle” Carver, Buncombe County Schools

Melody Chalmers, 2016-17 NC Principal of the Year

Alisa Chapman, UNC Chapel Hill

William (Bill) Cobey, Chair, State Board of Education

Sandra Wilcox Conway, Consultant

Jeni Corn, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Ed Croom, Education Consultant

Senator David L. Curtis, NC General Assembly

Van Dempsey III, UNC Wilmington Watson College of Education

John Dornan, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Ed Dunlap, NC School Boards Association

Lewis Ebert, NC Chamber of Commerce

Lou Fabrizio, NC Department of Public Instruction

Jayne Fleener, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State

Nation Hahn, EdNC

Grant Hayes, East Carolina University College of Education

John Hayes, NC World Trade Association

Deena Hayes-Greene, Racial Equity Initiative

Patricia “Patti” Head, Community Volunteer

Carolyn Hunt, 2015 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Governor Jim Hunt, 2015 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Mark Jewell, NC Association of Educators

Rep. Linda Johnson, NC General Assembly

Katherine Joyce, NC Association of School Administrators

Kelly Langston, NC PTA

Shanta Lightfoot, Teaching Fellow Graduate, Wake County

Governor Jim Martin, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Kaye McGarry, Survival in College Seminars

Rep. Graig Meyer, NC General Assembly

Jo Ann Norris, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Virginia Parker, Bank of America

R. Andre Peek, NC Business Committee for Education

Shirley Prince, NC Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association

Karl Rectanus, TechExecutives

Travis Reeves, North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Sen. Gladys Robinson, NC General Assembly

Katie Rosanbalm, Center for Child & Family Policy, Duke University

Peggy Smith, Campbell University

Sen. Jerry Tillman, NC General Assembly

Carol Vandenbergh, PENC

Hope Williams, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

Dr. Freddie Williamson, 2016-17 NC Superintendent of the Year

James “Jimmie” Williamson, NC Community Colleges

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