Board of Visitors
The Board of Visitors serves NC State University by providing advice to the Chancellor, and through the Chancellor, to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Visitors is composed of thirty members. The Chancellor makes the remaining appointments. The Board of Visitors has the following functions:
- assists the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees in ensuring that NC State University's relative standing among the premier universities in America is maintained and enhanced,
- serves as advocates for NC State University in achieving its educational purposes and accomplishments,
- and brings visibility and contacts to the campus from distant areas.
The next Board of Visitors meeting will be held on September 27, 2013.
Charles A. Flink, Chair
Charles A. "Chuck" Flink president of Alta/Greenways an active transportation planning and design firm headquartered in Portland, OR, with offices in Durham. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Design. Chuck is an award winning author, planner and landscape architect, having completed project work in more than 235 communities in 36 states, and 6 countries. He has been featured in National Geographic, LA China, Landscape Architecture, Walking, American Planning, Good Housekeeping, Southern Living and American City County. He graduated with honors from the College of Design in 1982, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture for five years. He is currently Executive in Residence at the College. Chuck is one of the 50 original recipients of the Wings on Wings award from the College of Design, and currently is a member of the Design Leaders Council. He is a Lifetime Member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the Chancellor’s Circle. He served three consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board for American Trails, Washington, DC; five consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the East Coast Greenway. He served, by appointment, on the North Carolina Greenways Advisory Panel, established by Governor James Martin.
Sepideh (Sepi) S. Asefnia
Sepi Asefnia, PE, is Owner and President of SEPI Engineering Group, Inc. (SEPI) in Raleigh, NC. Her firm, founded in 2001, specializes in Roadway and Structure Design; Transportation Planning; Traffic Engineering and Operations; Water Resources; Permitting/Natural Resources; Wetland Stream Mitigation; Site/Civil Design; Surveying, and Construction Management. SEPI currently employs 40 individuals working in North and South Carolina. Ms. Asefnia holds a bachelor’s degree in both Civil and Agricultural Engineering from NC State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in eight states. Prior to forming her own firm, she spent over 16 years in the field of transportation engineering design and management of which she worked approximately 12 years with the North Carolina Department of Transportation in Highway Design and Traffic Engineering. Her current day-to-day responsibilities include managing firm’s projects in North and South Carolina, financial and administrative management, and business development. Ms. Asefnia is very active in the community and is serving on the Executive Board for Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW); past president of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS); and Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC); Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and NC State University Board of Visitors. She was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women in the category of Science and Technology and serves on the Board Advisory Council of the Women’s Center of Wake County.
Larry A. Bowman
Larry Bowman is a Private Investor in Newton, NC. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1973 with a BS in Industrial Engineering and received his MBA from Wake Forest University in 1983. Mr. Bowman spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry. In 1987, he was a founder of Prodelin Corporation, a manufacturer of satellite communications equipment for private satellite networks deployed worldwide; subsequently General Dynamics Satcom Technologies. Since 2003 he has been the Managing Member of Bowman Investments, LLC a private equity entity. He serves on the Board of Directors of QoLMeds, a Pittsburgh, PA specialty pharmacy business. Bowman has served both NC State and Wake Forest University in various capacities. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors at NC State. He has also actively served in the Hickory, North Carolina community including leadership of the boards of Frye Regional Medical Center, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Catawba Valley, the Catawba Science Center and the Executive Board of the Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America among others.
Jessie Thomas Bunn (Tommy) is CEO and General Manager of Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation. The Cooperative is grower-owned and grower-governed and markets leaf tobacco and tobacco products in domestic and international markets. He graduated from NC State in 1966 with a degree in Agricultural Business-Crop Science. He is currently Vice Chairman and Committee Chairman of the Golden Leaf Foundation which provides grants to economically distressed rural areas of North Carolina. He is also Co-Chair of the Secretary of Agricultures and the U.S. Trade Representatives Technical Advisory Committee on Tobacco Trade Policy (ATAC) and has served on a number of other boards and committees.
Throughout his legal career, Henry Campen has helped emerging industries and high-tech companies establish and expand across the Southeast. Mr. Campen represents clients on permitting and regulatory matters with a focus on renewable energy development. His clients include wind, solar and biomass companies. Mr. Campen currently serves as Managing Partner for Parker Poe’s Raleigh Office and is a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Advisors for the College of Management at North Carolina State University; the Wake Forest University Alumni Council; the Board of Directors for SAFEchild, and the Board of Advisors for YMCA Camp Sea Gull/Camp Seafarer. Mr. Campen received his JD, summa cum laude, 1986 from North Carolina Central University, his MPA, 1978 from American University and his BA, 1971 from Wake Forest University.
As Vice President of Publications, Kathy Council oversees development and delivery of online and printed documentation and information products that support SAS products globally. SAS Press, an in-house publishing organization that produces a family of retail publications written by authors on topics of interest to SAS users and developers is also a part of the Publications division. Vice President since 1985, Council has headed the Publications unit since originally joining SAS in 1977. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master's degree in statistics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
William A. Culpepper
William H. Culpepper is a native of Nash County, NC and is the Founder, President and CEO of SePRO Corporation, a leading specialty agrichemical company with offices in Carmel, IN and research facilities in Whitakers, NC. Prior to the formation of SePRO Corporation in 1994, he spent more than 25 years with Eli Lilly and DowElanco in a variety of sales, marketing and management roles. Mr. Culpepper is a co-founder and board member of several leading industry organizations including Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (RISE), the Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the specialty chemical industry; the RISE Aquatic Working Group; the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation; and he is a board member of Crop Life America, another Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the agrichemical industry. In addition to industry associations, Mr. Culpepper also serves on various community development boards including the BioCrossroads Advisory Board. BioCrossroads is a privately funded organization that is dedicated to fully leveraging Indiana's existing world-class life science assets. Mr. Culpepper graduated from NC State in 1966 with a B.S. in Agronomy. He is a member of the NC State Campaign Steering Committee promoting the Achieve! Campaign and was named CALS Outstanding Alumnus for 2005.
Martha M. Emrich
Martha Emrich is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Emrich Enterprises, LLC, a private company that provides professional services in sales, product development, and plasma technology applications primarily for industrial carpeting and for fabrics used in perfomance/activewear apparel, automotive headliners, and military applications. Originally from Belmont, NC, her career in textiles started at a young age following in her Father's footsteps. Since graduating from NC State University with a B.S. in Textiles, she has worked in various capacities and for various companies within the textile industry including Navy Cothing and Textile Research Facility and Guilford Mills, Inc. prior to establishing Emrich Enterprises with her husband, John. Mrs. Emrich is a long time member of the NC State Alumni Association and Wolfpack Club. She also currently serves on the Board of the College of Education for NC State University.
Philip G. Freelon
Phil Freelon is the founder and president of The Freelon Group, Architects. Focusing on higher education, science & technology and museum/cultural center projects, Freelon’s firm has successfully delivered award winning building design within a collaborative and innovative studio environment. The firm has completed major museum projects in Baltimore, MD, San Francisco, CA, Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond is leading the design for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Recent commissions include libraries in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL as well as a commemorative park in Houston, TX and a museum in Jackson MS. The Freelon Group has received forty-five American Institute of Architects (AIA) design awards and has also received AIA North Carolina’s Outstanding Firm Award in 2001. Freelon has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Design, North Carolina State University and has been a visiting critic and lecturer at Harvard, MIT, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, the University of Virginia, Kent State University, the University of Cincinnati, Catholic University and the University of California-Berkeley, among others. Phil is currently on the faculty at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Freelon is one of 31 LEED® Accredited Professionals in his firm and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2009 he received the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture and in 2010 he was awarded AIA North Carolina’s Gold Medal. In 2011 he was appointed by President Barrack Obama to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Freelon is also a recipient the Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. A native of Philadelphia, PA., Freelon holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from North Carolina State University's College of Design and a Master of Architecture from MIT.
Edwin G. Foulke
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke works with the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April, 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. For approximately thirty (30) years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. Mr. Foulke also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, DC, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February, 1994. Mr. Foulke, a native of Perkasie, PA, graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA degree in Political Science (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University – New Orleans in 1978 and a Master of Law (Labor) degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993.
Judi Grainger earned her MEd in Education from NC State in 1972, after earning a BA degree from East Carolina University in 1968. She was a teacher at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind for 3 years, and later founded two travel agencies and enjoyed a 32 year career in the travel industry. She currently works at Tritest, Inc., an environmental testing laboratory. Mrs. Grainger is the immediate past President of the NCSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has served 12 years on the board. She also serves on the NCSU College of Education Advisory Board, The State Club Board of Directors, and is a past member of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, and currently a member of The Conference Table, an advocacy group for the Wake County visitor industry. She served on the Park Alumni Center Campaign for Excellence committee, as well as the NCSU Official Class Ring committee, and is currently serving on the 125th Anniversary committee. Mrs. Grainger is in her second term on the Centennial Authority, currently serving as the secretary.
Brigadier General Leodis T. Jennings
Brigadier General Jennings received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from NC State in 1983 and was commissioned an Armor officer in the Army National Guard of the United States. He is a consummate and experienced leader and force structure manager whose guidance is sought at all levels of leadership throughout the Army and the Department of Defense. BG Jennings currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs, G-8, Headquarters Department of the Army. Paramount amongst his duties is ensuring a balanced resourcing and equipping strategy across all three components in the Army while adjudicating flag-level overseas contingency operations issues involving deployed and/ or deploying forces. In 1984 he received a MA in International Business from Webster University, in 1996 a Master of Military Art and Science from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and in 2002 a MS in Strategic Studies from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. BG Jennings hails from High Point, NC.
John McCarter retired from GE after more than thirty years, serving in corporate officer roles in GE’s Energy business and its corporate region management. In his final position with GE, he was President and Region Executive, GE Power Systems Sales Europe. He was responsible for commercial activities across the portfolio of GE’s business units dealing with electrical energy production and management, as well as the oil and gas energy industry. For more than five years prior to this posting, McCarter served as President and CEO of GE Latin America, responsible for growing the spectrum of GE’s business lines in South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. McCarter graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from NC State University, and volunteered as GE’s executive liaison for State for more than a decade. He served for many years on the North Carolina State Engineering Foundation board, including two years as President, and was also honored as 2000 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, NCSU. In addition, he has extensive board experience with various organizations shaping economic, trade and social policy across the Americas.
Dan K. McNeill
Upon the completion of a Bachelor of Science and ROTC instruction, Gen. Dan McNeill (retired) graduated from NC State University and received a commission as an infantry officer in the US Army in 1968. During his 40 years of active service, he enjoyed a myriad of stateside and overseas assignments. In recent years, he served successively as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, US Army Forces Command, and NATO's International Security Assistance Force. A native of the Duplin County town of Warsaw, Dan now resides in Fayetteville, NC. Since his retirement from the US Army on July 31, 2008, he has begun a second career of service to the community and part-time work in both the private and defense sectors.
Dell Murphy is Founder and President of Murphy Family Ventures LLC, a management company that provides professional services to its clients, particularly focused on swine production and real estate development. His latest venture has been in the portable storage industry where he is an owner of 1-800-PACKRAT franchise stores. Mr. Murphy attended Appalachian State University and is a 1990 graduate from NC State University with a degree in Swine Management. He currently serves on the NC Wildlife Commission, the Wolfpack Club Board, and has recently been appointed to serve on the NC Ag and Life Science Research Foundation Board.
Linda J. Noble
Linda J. Noble graduated magna cum laude from the School of Design at NC State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Product Design. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a member of the NC State University College of Design Guild, a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association, and a member of the R. Stanhope Pullen Society. Linda has had a full-time freelance graphic design practice for 25 years.
John Palmour, PhD
Dr. John W. Palmour, Chief Technology Officer – Power & RF, directs and conducts all Power Device and Microwave device development at Cree, Inc. He was one of the co-founders of Cree in 1987, and served on the Board of Directors for the company from 1995 to 2010. Dr. Palmour has been a leader in SiC and GaN electronic device development for the last 25 years, and has demonstrated numerous firsts in these technology areas. He has been responsible for the development of high voltage, high temperature 4H-SiC power diodes and transistors, as well as high frequency GaN HEMTs and MMICs. He also manages the Company's government contract research programs. During his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and is a co-inventor on 47 U.S. patents and 158 corresponding foreign patents. Dr. Palmour received his B.S. and Ph.D degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 1982 and 1988, respectively, where his major was in Materials Science and Engineering.
Michael Peirson received his B.S. in biology from Delaware Valley College in 1970. He worked at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science from 1972 to 1974 in bivalve mollusk research. From 1974 to 1979 he was employed at the research division of the Rohm & Haas Company and was responsible for environmental testing of new agricultural herbicides. In 1979 he enrolled in the doctoral program at NC State University’s College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) under a Sea Grant Fellowship and received his degree in 1983. Later that year, he was hired by the Ballard Fish & Oyster Company to start Cherrystone Aqua-Farms, which has become one of the biggest producers of farm-raised littleneck clams in the country. Dr. Peirson has served on the Virginia Aquaculture Advisory Board, the Farm Bureau Aquaculture Commodity Committee and numerous other state advisory boards. He served as President of the Northampton County (Virginia) Sustainable Development Task Force and represented the County on the state Sustainable Development Board. He served on NC States’s PAMS Foundation Board for 12 years and on the Finance Committee for most of those years.
Freda Porter, PhD
Dr. Freda Porter is President and CEO of Porter Scientific, an Environmental and Information Technology solutions company. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics with a Computer Science focus, from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Duke University. Dr. Porter (Lumbee) is one of few American Indian women who have earned a doctorate in Mathematical Sciences. Some of her achievements were featured in the 1995 PBS documentary - Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America. She serves on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the NC Advisory Commission on Military Affairs, and the Board of Directors for ASCENT: Leading Multicultural Women to the Top.
Ray N. Rouse
Ray N. Rouse is vice chairman of RN Rouse Construction and a 1972 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Engineering. He is past chairman and current member of the Centennial Authority and past president and current member of the NC State Student Aid Association (Wolfpack Club). He lived in Goldsboro, NC until 2005 where he served as chairman of the board of trustees of Wayne Community College, chairman of the board of trustees of Wayne Country Day School and chairman of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission. He has served on search committees for a NC State Chancellor, a NC State athletics director and a NC State football coach. He currently lives in Cary, NC, and is married and has four children and four grandchildren.
Harold H. Schmitz, PhD
Harold Schmitz is Chief Science Officer for Mars, Incorporated, and a role he has held since 2005. Previously, he held positions within Mars in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences, and Corporate Staff. Before joining Mars in 1993, Dr. Schmitz was a United States Department of Agriculture National Needs research fellow in the Department of Food Science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Schmitz’s professional interests are focused on the food production value chain and its influence on human and companion animal health, and ecological, environmental, social, and cultural sustainability. He has particular interests in understanding the metabolism and function of dietary carotenoids and flavonoids in the context of human health and nutrition, and has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters that reflect this interest (see below for selected citations). Dr. Schmitz has a keen interest in the contributions that science and technology can make to global society, and especially the essential role that cross-sector collaboration and innovation plays in enabling these contributions. In this context he presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at The National Academies in the United States, and has worked in partnership with the Nobel Prize Winners foundation based in Lindau, Germany since 2007."
Bing Sizemore is a Senior Institutional Consultant with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Raleigh where he heads the Sizemore Group. The focus of the Sizemore Group is assisting institutional and high net worth individuals achieve their financial objectives. Bing received a BS in Textile Chemistry from NC State in 1971 and then worked in textiles with Cone Mills and Burlington Industries until 1983 when he entered the financial services industry. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Symphony, The State Club, Friends of ARTS NC State Advisory Board and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. He is a life member of the NC State Alumni Association and an avid Wolfpack Club supporter.
James A. Stewart
James A. Stewart (Jim) is Owner and President of Stewart Investment Properties, Inc., located in Durham, NC His firm, founded in 1997, specializes in commercial real estate brokerage and investments. Mr. Stewart earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1970) and a MBA (2009), both degrees from NC State University. Prior to becoming active in real estate, Mr. Stewart was employed by IBM Corporation serving in many varied capacities in the telecommunications industry from engineering to marketing. He also served for four years on active duty in the U.S. Army. Mr. Stewart is active with the university and in the community. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Mechanics and Farmers Bank and its parent company, M&F Bancorp, Inc. He also serves as chairman of Triangle Community Foundation’s Real Estate Board and has served on the board of the YMCA of the Triangle and the board of advisors of the YMCA of Durham. He currently serves as chairman of the NC State Chancellor’s African American Advisory Council, is a life member of the NC State Alumni Association and is a member of both the Wolfpack Club and the The Leonidas Lafayette Polk Society.
Larry M. Sykes is a native of Franklin County, North Carolina and earned three degrees from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State University: a bachelor’s in 1966, a master’s in 1968 and a doctorate in 1971. Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree he was employed by Philip Morris USA in Richmond, VA where he held various positions until his retirement in early 2004 as Director of Agricultural Programs in the Leaf Department. In this capacity he directed and initiated liaison with the U. S. tobacco production industry concerning tobacco production technology, tobacco production policy and public issues. He oversaw Philip Morris’ grants programs in support of research, extension and academic programs at seven land-grant universities in the southeastern United States. Larry has served as President of the North Carolina 4-H Development Fund and President of the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation where he currently is Chair of the Investment Committee. He is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and has served as a member of that organization’s Board of Directors. He also was co-chair of the recently completed CALS Capital Campaign as a part of N. C. State’s Achieve Campaign. In 2004 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by CALS and in 2007 as the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department’s Outstanding Alumnus.
Dewayne Washington received his B.A. degree from NC State in 2001. While at NC State, Dewayne was a member of the football team from 1990-1993 and was later drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1994. After retiring from the NFL with 12 years of service, Dewayne has participated in various real estate projects assisting with the revitalization of downtown Durham, NC. In 2009 he started Carolina Skills Academy to bring the most comprehensive year-round football skills academy to the Triangle. Currently he is involved in many community activities such as the Durham YMCA Board, NC State Alumni Board, Union Baptist Trustee Board, 100 Black Men Organization and a volunteer coach for Pop Warner football. Dewayne is married to NC State graduate Adama Washington and is the proud father of three children.
Kirsten Weeks is Sr. Community Relations Manager for Cisco, overseeing the company’s Community Relations programs at several U.S. and global locations, including Research Triangle Park, NC. Prior to joining Cisco in February 2007, Weeks served in multiple communications roles during her four-year tenure with the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s office, Weeks worked for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and as assistant press secretary for North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. She also worked as press secretary for the National Partnership for Women and Families (formerly the Women’s Legal Defense Fund), a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Weeks is a native North Carolinian. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from North Carolina State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School. Kirsten, her husband Chris and son John live in Raleigh, NC.
Stephen (Steve) P. Zelnak
Steve Zelnak is Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and received his M.B.A. from University of Alabama. Mr. Zelnak is completing a three-year term on the College of Management Board of Advisors. He has been active in many community organizations and is well known in Raleigh area business circles. He formerly was Chair of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI), past Chairman of the NC Department of Community Colleges Foundation, and is on the President's Advisory Committee at Georgia Tech.
Contacting the Board of Visitors
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