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 October 2, 2015.
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.
As Senior Vice President, Board Member, and Principal, Paul is a third generation architect with diverse experience in higher education, state, civic, K-12, and private projects. Paul’s extensive professional and community involvement over the years has included leadership roles in the local, state, and national AIA and other organizations. Paul is a current member on the National AIA Ethics Council, and a prior Chair of the AIA National Committee on Architecture for Education and was the Chairman of the AIA National Convention. He has served as president of AIA Wilmington and AIA North Carolina, Vice President of the National AIA, and member of the National AIA Board of Directors. Paul has chaired the State Building Commission, and is the current chair of its Innovations Committee. He is currently serving as secretary of the North Carolina Board of Architecture, member of an NC Legislative Study Commission, and member of the Class XXI of Leadership NC. Paul has also chaired the UNC Wilmington Foundation as well as the New Hanover County Planning Commission. A 1977 graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University, Paul has been honored with the North Carolina Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, the AIA North Carolina Gold Medal, the AIA North Carolina Deitrick Award, and the AIA National Richard Upjohn Fellowship.
Katyna Borroto-Esoda serves as the Director of Preclinical Development at SCYNEXIS, where she is responsible for research activities supporting the clinical development of the company’s lead antiviral and antifungal compounds. Prior to joining SCYNEXIS, Katyna worked on the HIV, HCV and HBV programs at Gilead Sciences/Triangle Pharmaceuticals and on the HIV program at Burroughs Wellcome/Glaxo Wellcome. During this time her research focused primarily on the development of drug resistance to antiviral compounds and more recently on the elucidation of the mechanism of action of cyclophilin inhibitors in viral diseases and immune regulation. During her 25 year career in the biopharmaceutical industry, Katyna has authored over 200 publications and has served on numerous clinical advisory boards. Katyna also served as a member of the Board of Directors to the NCSU Graduate School. Katyna received a BS degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University 1982 and a MS in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia in 1988.
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.
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.
David L. Davenport is president of J P Davenport & Son, Inc., a fifth-generation family farm corporation in Pitt County, North Carolina. His family manages 3,500 acres of tobacco, peanuts, corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans, in addition to operating a retail farm supply business, specializing in fertilizer, chemicals and seed. The Davenports are conditioners of Pioneer seed, supplying dealers in the Carolinas and Virginia with a reliable source of soybean and wheat seed. David graduated from NC State University in 1988 with a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics. He is Past President of the North Carolina Seedsmen’s Association and the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association. He has served on the North Carolina Agribusiness Council and the NCALS Research Foundation Board, as well as the Park Scholarship Selection Committee for the Coastal region. He currently is treasurer of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, and is a member of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Locally, he has served as chair of the Stewardship Team for Oakmont Baptist Church and has served on the local boards for Habitat for Humanity and the Pactolus Ruritan Club.
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.
Raymond A. Huml, MS, DVM, RAC is Executive Director and Head of Global Due Diligence for Quintiles Transnational Corp’s Center for Integrated Drug Development. Dr. Huml has over 23 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. In his current role, Dr. Huml identifies risks associated with Quintiles global product-based investments, working with specialists on all components of the due diligence process, including research and development, commercial, intellectual property, and conflict of interest. Within Quintiles, he has worked on all major investment transactions involving more than $2.9 billion in capital on alliances with biotechnology and pharmaceutical partners of all sizes. Previously, Dr. Huml worked in Corporate Development as well as Biostatistics, Medical Writing, and Regulatory Affairs Departments in Quintiles Clinical Development Services group. Dr. Huml also serves as Program Director of a clinical program for Merck Serono. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and scientific publications. He is a strong supporter of the Regulatory Affairs Professional’s Society (RAPS) and served as a member of the RAPS Ethics and Awards Committees. In 2003, he was awarded North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association's Young Veterinarian of the Year Award. In 2004, he was awarded RAPS New Professional Award. He has also received numerous Quintiles awards including the Distinguished Performance Award, Clinical Development Services President's Award and the Chairman's Award. Dr. Huml holds an MS in Biology from East Stroudsburg University and his DVM from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and has earned the RAC (US) Certification.
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.
Barry Leonard is President and CEO of Welspun USA, the largest integrated towel manufacturer in Asia and a leading supplier to 14 of the top 30 United States retailers. Leonard received his undergraduate degree in textile technology from NC State University, his master’s degree from the Institute of Textile Technology and attended Harvard Business School as well. Presently he serves on the Home Fashions Products Association Board and serves as president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF) Board. Leonard was recognized as the NC State University College of Textiles Leader of the Year in 2013. Throughout his career, Leonard has received many honors and awards for his contributions to the textile industry such as the Distinguished Leadership Award and the Home Textiles Leadership Award. Leonard was named Top 100 Most Powerful Leaders in Home Furnishing by HFN in 2010 and Top Five Future Leaders in Textiles by Textile World in 2001. Leonard is one of the surviving passengers of Flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, North Carolina that went down in the Hudson River in January 2009. Due to this experience, he has spoken internationally about managing crisis and has been featured in the book, “Brace for Impact”.
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.
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, PhD
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.
Judge Paul Ridgeway is a Resident Superior Court Judge of the 10th Judicial District (Wake County), North Carolina. Judge Ridgeway received his B.S. degree (’82) and a Masters of Public Administration (’90) from NC State University. He received his juris doctorate, cum laude from Campbell University School of Law (’86), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review. For two decades, Judge Ridgeway was engaged in the private practice of law, most recently with the firm of Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens, LLP. In November 2006 Judge Ridgeway was elected to the Superior Court, and he began his duties as a judge in January 2007. For more than fifteen years, Judge Ridgeway has also been an adjunct professor of law at Campbell University School of Law. In 2002 Judge Ridgeway served as President of the Wake County Bar Association and President of the 10th Judicial District Bar. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the North Carolina Bar Association, including council member of the International Law Section, the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, and as chair of the Law Practice Management Section. He served on the Board of Directors of the NCSU Alumni Association for ten years where, for a number of years, he chaired the Caldwell Fellowship Committee. In 2013, he presided as President of the Alumni Association Board. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the School of Public and International Affairs at NCSU.
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.
A 1977 graduate of NC State, Jon is a respected custom builder who has served the region as the premier luxury homebuilder for 26 years. His skillset, experience and commitment to quality carry weight across the residential and commercial building community. Chosen as the builder for NC State’s Chancellor’s new home, The Point, completed in 2011, his work on this project has received many accolades including the National Association of Home Builders “Room of the Year” for the kitchen and a platinum award for “Interior Design: Kitchen” in its 2012 Best in American Living Awards. As one of the area’s forefathers of sustainability, he created the nationally-lauded “HealthyHouse”™ in 1994 in cooperation with the American Lung Association and the NAHB Research Center. This cutting-edge work has driven innovation in the building trades, with sustainable concepts and technologies still being used two decades later. Jon is responsible for Progress Energy’s first EnergyStar structure in North Carolina, as well as the state’s first Institute for Business and Home Safety "Fortified…for safer living ®" home, finished in 2002. Jon continues to be active at NC State having served in many leadership roles over the years including the Board of Advisors for both the Poole College of Management and General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center. Jon and his wife, Jolie, served as the 2012-2013 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs. In addition, Jon has been recognized as the NCSU College of Management’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award received the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. For more than 30 years, Jon and his wife have resided in Cary, N.C., where they’ve raised two children.
Machelle Sanders is Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager at Biogen Idec, where she oversees the company’s world-class manufacturing facilities and general operations of the company’s site in Research Triangle Park. Prior to her assignment as site executive in RTP, Machelle served as Vice President of Global Quality Assurance (QA) overseeing all aspects of quality assurance for the company’s cGMP manufacturing facilities in RTP, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Hillerød, Denmark. She previously held leadership positions overseeing QA, Quality Control, and Manufacturing Operation functions at Biogen Idec and other pharmaceutical and biotech firms including Purdue Pharmaceuticals, L. P. and Diosynth-Akzo Nobel. Machelle serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. She also serves on several boards of directors including the Biogen Idec Foundation, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Public School Forum of North Carolina and North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO). She is a member of the North Carolina Science Festival Board of Advisors. Machelle is actively involved in Biogen Idec’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN). She currently co-chairs Biogen Idec’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Council. Machelle obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from NC State University and a Masters of Health Administration (MHA) from Pfeiffer University.
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 as chair of the ARTS NC State Board and is a member of the NC Museum of Art Foundation 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.
Charles (Chuck) Sykes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in August 2004. Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Sykes served as Chief Operating Officer since July 2003. Mr. Sykes joined the Company in 1986, working his way through the ranks and later serving as General Manager of the Americas. His experience in operations, accounting, professional services, recruitment, and sales and marketing enable him to manage SYKES' client relations and the ongoing success of global operations. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Sykes majored in mechanical engineering at NC State University. He is very involved in his community, serving the University of Tampa as a member of their Board of Trustees and Administrative Affairs Sub-committee. He also supports Feeding America of Tampa Bay, as a board member. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Tampa Bay Partnership Executive Committee, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Baseball Caucus and the Junior Achievement of West Central Florida Board of Directors. In 2011 he served as the Chair of Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, and in 2012 he served on the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Sykes is also a member of the Hillsborough County Economic Development Committee and a board member of A Baseball Community. In 2010 Mr. Sykes was voted as Tampa Bay’s top business leader in the St. Petersburg Times Annual Leadership Survey of the Business Community.
Larry Sykes, PhD
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.
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.
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