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were sworn in this week: left to right, Barbara Hyde,
vice chair; Eddie Smith; Don Curtis; John Townsend III;
Wade Hargrove; Felicia Washington
Robert W. Winston III of Raleigh, chief executive officer of Winston Hospitality Inc., has been elected chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.
Trustees today (July 23) elected two other current members as new officers for one-year terms on the 13-member board responsible for governing the University.
Barbara Rosser Hyde of Memphis, Tenn., president of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation and director of the J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation, was elected vice chair. Dr. Phillip L. Clay of Boston, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected secretary.
Five new trustees also participated in their first meetings this week. They are:
- Donald W. Curtis of Raleigh, chair and chief executive officer of the Curtis Media Group;
- Wade Hampton Hargrove of Raleigh, a national media attorney and partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP;
- Edward C. Smith Jr. of Grimesland, chair and chief executive officer of Grady-White Boats Inc.;
- John L. Townsend III of Greenwich, Conn., a former managing director and general partner for Goldman Sachs and Co.;
- and Felicia A. Washington of Charlotte, a partner and lawyer who represents businesses in the area of employment law at K&L Gates LLP.
The UNC Board of Governors appointed Curtis, Hargrove and Washington; Gov. Beverly Perdue named Smith and Townsend. A sixth new board member is senior Jasmin Jones of Atlanta, who was sworn in May 27 to fill the ex officio seat held by Carolina’s student body president.
Winston most recently chaired the board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. He was appointed as a trustee in 2003, and his second four-year term ends in 2011. Along with outgoing chairman Roger Perry, Winston was a trustee representative in negotiations with the Town of Chapel Hill leading to the recently approved development agreement for Carolina North. He earlier served on the Carolina North Leadership Advisory Committee.
“Leading the Board of Trustees is an important responsibility and opportunity to give back to Carolina at this important time,” Winston said. “We have a wonderful group of trustees who are committed to the future success of this University and of this state. I look forward to doing all we can to help Carolina carry out its mission of teaching, research and public service.”
Winston graduated from Carolina in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in economics and political science. Currently a director of the Research Triangle Foundation, he is a member of the board of advisory for the Institute of the Arts and Humanities. Winston has also served on the National Development Council and the University’s Board of Visitors. Winston’s family ties to Carolina include a father, Charles M. Winston (class of 1953), former president of the General Alumni Association and recipient of the William R. Davie Award from UNC trustees to recognize extraordinary service to Carolina or to society, as well as an uncle, James H. Winston (class of 1954), whose generous gift made it possible to establish UNC’s first academic facility abroad, the Winston House European Study Center in London.
George Tayloe Winston served as University president from 1891 to 1895, and James Horner Winston, class of 1904, was the first Carolina student to win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 1986, the Winston family established a distinguished professorship to honor his grandfather, Robert Watson Winston Jr., who was captain of the Tar Heel football team and a track star.
A former treasurer of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Winston chaired the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority Board and was a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Board, the North Carolina Art Museum Foundation and the Wake County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A Morehead Scholar, Hyde graduated from UNC in 1983 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in English and religion. In Memphis, the Hyde foundations she helps lead support public education, civil rights and other worthy endeavors. Generous foundation gifts to UNC have helped the College of Arts and Sciences’ reach its goal of doubling the number of students invited to the Honors Program and make possible Hyde Hall, home of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Clay graduated from UNC with a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1968 and earned his doctorate degree in 1975 from MIT, where he is also a professor of city planning. He received UNC’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002. Widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy, Clay is president of the Board of Directors of the Community Builders, the largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing.
Curtis, who graduated from UNC with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1963, has served on the University’s Board of Visitors, the National Development Council and as a member of the Board of Directors for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and its private foundation. He recently completed a term on the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors. Currently he is the first vice chair on the General Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. In 2005, he received the William R. Davie Award from UNC trustees to recognize extraordinary service to Carolina or to society.
Hargrove was a Jefferson Standard Foundation and Alumni Scholar at Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1962. He earned his UNC law degree three years later. A former member of the University’s Board of Visitors and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Board of Visitors, he also served on the advisory committee of the Center for Media Law and Policy and the General Alumni Association Board of Directors. For the School of Law, he served as alumni association president.
A 1965 Carolina graduate with a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations, Smith with his family established the Edward C. Smith Sr. Family Carolina Scholars Awards. He is the former president of the Educational Foundation Inc., and helped make the Eddie Smith Field House, the indoor home for Tar Heel track teams, a reality to honor his father. He was a member of the University’s Board of Visitors and the Chancellors’ Club. In 2001, he received the William R. Davie Award for extraordinary service.
Townsend graduated from UNC in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1982 with a master’s in business administration degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School. A member of the executive committee of the UNC Investment Fund, he also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Ackland Art Museum. His family established the Townsend Freshman Seminars and the Townsend Family Professorship. Townsend has also served on the Carolina First Campaign Steering Committee and the Kenan-Flagler Board of Visitors.
Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carolina in 1987 and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990. A former co-chair of Carolina's Undergraduate Honor Court, she has served in numerous capacities for legal organizations, including as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and personnel committee for the North Carolina Bar Association. She was named in “Best Lawyers in America” for immigration law, labor and employment law in 2007 and Super Lawyers Magazine for employment and immigration in 2008 and 2009.
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| Robert Winston|| Barbara Hyde|| Phillip Clay|
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| Donald Curtis || Wade Hargrove || Edward Smith Jr.|
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|John Townsend III || Felicia Washington || Jasmin Jones |
Board of Trustees Web site: http://www.unc.edu/depts/trustees/
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