Our Board of Directors


Michael Priddy, Board Chairman
Consultant & Trainer, 21st Century Leadership, LLC

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

Gene Arnold, Immediate Past Chairman
Former NC House Legislator

Tom Williams, Chair Elect
President, Strategic Educational Alliances, Inc.

Keith Poston
President & Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina

+Barbara Allen

+Lynda Anderson
Retired Education Policy Advisor

Ann Bennett-Phillips
Vice President, Capital Development Services

Tom Bradshaw
President & CEO, Tom Bradshaw & Associates

Damon Circosta
Executive Director, AJ Fletcher Foundation

Sandra Wilcox Conway
President, Conway & Associates

Courtney Crowder
President, Crowder Consulting Company

Miles Devaney
Senior Director of Manufacturing, Biogen

+Katie Dorsett
Former NC Senate Legislator

Dudley Flood

Charles Francis
Managing Partner, The Francis Law Firm 

+Gerry Hancock
Partner, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP

Sam Houston
President and CEO, NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

+Tom Lambeth
Director Emeritus, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Alfred Mays
Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Cyndi Soter O’Neil
Senior Policy Advisor,  ChildTrust Foundation-Investors Management Corporation

Costa Panagos
CEO, Q2 Solutions, (Quintiles/Quest)

Richard Schwartz
Founding Partner, Schwartz & Shaw PLLC

Malbert Smith
President & Co-Founder, MetaMetrics

Mark Sorrells
Senior Vice President, Golden LEAF Foundation

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

Steve Stephenson
Partner, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Richard Urquhart, III
Chief Operating Officer, Investors Management Corporation

Wes Wheeler
Chief Executive Officer, Marken

Willis “Bill” Whichard
Partner, Tillman, Hinkle & Whichard, PLLC

Saundra Wall Williams
President & CEO, Vision Building Institute for Women

+Douglas Yongue
Former NC House Legislator 

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

+Denotes Non-Voting Emeritus Member

Our Members

Margaret Arbuckle, Guilford Education Alliance (retired)

Ronnie Beale, NC Association of County Commissioners

Bruce Beasley, The Beasley Group

Aaron Beaulieu, Durham Public Schools

Amanda Bell, Rockingham County Board of Education

Chris Bell, Region President, SunTrust Bank

Rep. Hugh Blackwell, NC General Assembly

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

Sean Bulson, University of North Carolina

Sue Burgess, Retired Superintendent, Dare County Schools

J.B. Buxton, The Education Innovations Group

Alisa Chapman, Visiting Fellow in Public Policy and the Global Research Institute at UNC Chapel Hill

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

Jeni Corn, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Sen. David Curtis, NC General Assembly 

Dick Daugherty, Retired Senior Executive, IBM

Van Dempsey III, UNC Wilmington Watson College of Education

John Dornan, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Ed Dunlap, NC School Boards Association

Bob Eaves, Business Owner, Investor

Lewis Ebert, NC Chamber of Commerce

Lou Fabrizio, NC Department of Public Instruction

Jayne Fleener, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State

Patti Gillenwater, President & CEO, Elinvar

Lisa Godwin, NC Teacher of the Year

Jason Griffin, NC Principal of the Year

Nation Hahn, EducationNC

Peter Hans, NC Community Colleges

Grant Hayes, East Carolina University College of Education

Deena Hayes-Greene, Racial Equity Initiative/Guilford County Board of Education

Jessica Holmes, Wake County Board of Commissioners

Mark Jewell, NC Association of Educators

Rep. Linda Johnson, NC General Assembly

Mark Johnson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Katherine Joyce, NC Association of School Administrators

Howard Lee,  2017 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Valeria Lee, Consultant

Shanta Lightfoot, Teaching Fellow Graduate, Wake County

Governor Jim Martin, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Janet Mason, NC Superintendent of the Year

Kaye McGarry, Lt. Governor’s Appointees

Bill Medlin, Professional Educators of NC

Rep. Graig Meyer, NC General Assembly

Jo Ann Norris, 2016 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

LaTanya Patillo, Teacher Advisor to Governor Roy Cooper

Catherine Peglow, NC PTA

Scott Penland, Retired Superintendent, Clay County Schools

Jim Phillips, Partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard

Philip Price, Retired Chief Financial Officer, NC Department of Public Instruction

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

Caroline Sullivan, NC Business Committee for Education

Geoffrey Tennant, Polk County Board of Education

Sen. Jerry Tillman, NC General Assembly

Norris Tolson, President & CEO, Carolinas Gateway Partnership

Blount Williams, Chairman & CEO, Alfred Williamss & Co.

Hope Williams, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

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