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Board of Trustees

North Carolina State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. According to The UNC Code, NC State shall have a board of trustees composed of thirteen persons: eight are elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four are appointed by the governor, and the remaining member is the president of the student government, ex officio.

The Board of Trustees shall promote the sound development of its institution within the functions prescribed for it, helping it to serve the people of the state in a way that will complement the activities of the other institutions and aiding it to perform at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor. Each board of trustees shall serve as an advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to its institution and shall also serve as advisor to the Chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution.

Members:

Benjamin P. Jenkins III

Benjamin P. Jenkins III, Charlotte, NC (2009-2017)
Chair
Retired. Former Vice Chairman and President of The General Banking Group of Wachovia Corporation. Past member of NC State Board of Visitors, NC State Graduate School Advisory Board, co-chair of the College of Management's Achieve! Campaign Steering Committee, and currently a member of the Riddick Lifetime Giving Society. B.S. in Textile Chemistry from NC State.

Thomas E. Cabaniss

Thomas E. Cabaniss, Richmond, VA (2013-2017)
Managing Partner, McGuireWoods LLP. Former President and Honorary Lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. Previously served on the NC State University Foundation Board of Directors. Founding member of the State Club Board of Directors. B.S. in Industrial Engineering from NC State, J.D. from University of Virginia.

Jimmy Clark

Jimmy D. Clark, Greensboro, NC (2012-2015)
Second Vice Chair
Owner and President of Guy M. Turner, Inc. Former Chair of the NC State Board of Visitors. Member of the NC State Engineering Foundation Board, Dean's Circle, Student Aid Association, Alumni Association and the Walter Hines Page Society. Has served on the Park Scholarship's Selection Committee. Established the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished Professorship for the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State. Received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from NC State and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Gayle Lainer

Gayle S. Lanier, Raleigh, NC (2012-2015)
Secretary
Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Chief Customer Officer, Duke Energy. Former positions include: Vice President, Administrative Services, Duke Energy; Vice President, Corporate Services, Progress Energy; and Vice President and General Manager of Knowledge Services for Nortel Networks. Former Trustee for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Director of the NC State Engineering Foundation. Member of NC State Board of Trustees since 2007 and former member of the NC State Board of Visitors. Founder of Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier Scholarship Endowment. Named NC State Distinguished Alumna by the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1982 from NC State.

Bob L. Mattocks

Bob L. Mattocks II, New Bern, NC (2011-2015)
President of J. G. and O. Co., Inc. of New Bern, past chair of the Tryon Palace Commission, past president of the National Propane Gas Association and past Emergency Planning Chairman of NC Energy Policy Council. Serves on Swiss Bear Executive Committee overseeing award-winning revitalization of downtown historic New Bern. Past member of NC State's Board of Visitors, NC State Wolfpack Club Board of Directors and NC State Education Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Directors. B.S. in Forest Management from NC State in 1959.

Barbara Mulkey

Barbara H. Mulkey, Raleigh, NC (2007-2015)
Chairman and Founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. Former member of the Board of Trustees for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Former President and National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina. Former member of the NC State Engineering Foundation and former Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors. B.S. and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from NC State.

Wendell H. Murphy

Wendell H. Murphy, formally of Rose Hill, NC (2013-2017)
Chairman and CEO Emeritus Murphy Family Farms, Inc. Served in both the North Carolina Senate and North Carolina House of Representatives. Former chair of the NC State University Board of Trustees and former Chair of the university’s Endowment Board. Member of the Achieve! Campaign Steering and Executive Committee. B.S. in Education in 1960 from NC State.

Dr. James W. "Jim" Owens

Dr. James W. “Jim” Owens, Peoria Heights, IL. (2009-2017)
First Vice Chair
Former Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc. Recipient of NC State’s Watauga Medal, College of Management’s Alumnus of the Year 1999 and Person of the Year 2009, a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and member of the W.H. Page Lifetime Giving Society. Former featured speaker at the College of Management’s Wachovia Executive Lecture Series. B.S. and Master’s degrees in Textile Technology, Ph.D. in Economics from NC State.

Dr. Ronald W. Prestage

Dr. Ronald W. Prestage, Camden, SC (2013-2017)
President, Prestage Farms. Serves on the board of directors of National Pork Producers Council, the SC Chamber of Commerce, and the Black River Electric Cooperative. Former chair of the SC Poultry Federation Board of Directors, the National Turkey Federation, and the US Poultry and Egg Association. B.S in Animal Science from NC State, DVM from Auburn University, and completed equine Surgery internship at UC-Davis..

Randall C. "Randy" Ramsey

Randall C. “Randy” Ramsey, Beaufort, NC (2009-2017)
Founder and President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Chairman of Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales, an authorized sales and service dealer for the industry’s most respected brands of sport fishing and motor yachts, and broker for exclusive pre-owned vessels. Member and former President of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board and member of the North Carolina Manufacturer’s Association. Vice President of the NC State Student Aid Association. Current member of the NC State Alumni Association, the State Club and the NC State Council on Athletics.

John Sall

John Sall, Cary, NC (2007-2015)
Co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS Institute. Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Board Member of the NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation, Campaign Steering Committee, Nature Conservancy, Cary Academy, and Advisory Commission for N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. B.A. in History from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and Master's degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Honorary doctorate from NC State in 2003.

Susan Ward

Susan Ward, Raleigh, NC (2011-2015)
Retired freelance artist and philanthropist. Former president of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Board. Served as Vice President of ARTS NC State and Chair of the Development Committee for NCSU Friends of the Gallery. Developed a number of scholarships across disciplines of NC State. Recipient of the Watauga Medal, Menscer Cup, the Dean’s Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Bowers Medal of Arts and the Wings on Wings Award from the College of Design. B.F.A from Western Carolina University.

Russell W. Mau

Russell W. Mau, Cullowhee, NC (2014-2015)
Student Body President. Masters of Economics candidate. Park Scholar and NC State alumnus. Recipient of the 2014 Matthews Medal. Elected by student body as the 2012 Leader of the Pack. Former Chancellor’s Aide, Congressional Intern, Krispy Kreme Challenge Co-Chair, and member of the NC State Women’s Basketball Practice Team. Member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa.