Did You Know? New UNC Board of Governors Members | Beaufort County Now | In March, the North Carolina legislature appointed five new members to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

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    In March, the North Carolina legislature appointed five new members to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The new members will start their terms on July 1 and will attend their first full round of meetings on July 21 and 22.

    The new members are:

  • John Fraley, House appointee
  • Kirk Bradley, Senate appointee
  • Lee Roberts, Senate appointee
  • Sonja Nichols, Senate appointee
  • Joel Ford, Senate appointee

    Fraley is a former state representative from Iredell county. He served as chairman of two higher education-related committees: the education-universities committee and the appropriations on education committee. Fraley is also on the board of directors of MyFutureNC, a non-profit organization focused on educational attainment. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

    Bradley is a real estate developer who lives in Chapel Hill. He earned his MBA in finance and real estate from Duke University.

    Roberts was a state budget director under former Gov. Pat McCrory. He is the co-founder of the investment firm SharpVue Capital. He earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his JD from Georgetown University.

    Nichols is a businesswoman from Charlotte and a former candidate for the state Senate. She is CEO of Nicholant Enterprises, a security-services firm. Nichols received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and an MBA from Florida A&M University.

    Ford is a former state senator from Charlotte. He is senior vice president of sales and operations for Partners Risk Strategies, a "commercial insurance intermediary." Ford received a bachelor's degree in business administration from North Carolina A&T University.

    During the BOG meeting in May, the following board members were thanked and honored for their service to the university system and the state:

  • R. Doyle Parrish
  • Marty Kotis
  • Steven Long
  • Dwight Stone

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