Dr. Dan A. Myers ’71 (’75 MD) of Kinston has been installed as chair of the GAA Board of Directors, succeeding Vaughn D. Bryson ’60 of Vero Beach, Fla. Teresa Holland Williams ’77 of Huntersville is chair-elect.
Myers, president of Sonorex Inc., has served on the GAA board as an N.C. district director and as first vice chair. He is a former member of UNC’s Board of Visitors and, as a student at UNC, was a Morehead Scholar, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Omega Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega. Myers was chosen last year as chair-elect by the GAA board.
Williams, who has been serving as an at-large board member, is a founding member of the Black Alumni Reunion’s Light on the Hill Society. She served on the chancellor’s advisory committee during planning for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. She recently completed a term as chair of the Western Carolina University Board to Trustees.
Election results decided by GAA members also were announced at the Annual Alumni Luncheon on Saturday.
Other new officers include L. Ferguson “Ferg” Norton ’61 of Wilmington as new first vice chair and Dr. Janet Hayes Southerland ’82 of Brentwood, Tenn., as second vice chair.
Norton, former vice president of the First Flight Foundation and a retired Navy rear admiral, has served previously on the board as an athletic council representative (2011-14) and chair of the board’s athletic advisory committee (2013-14). At UNC, he was a member of the Order of the Old Well, NROTC, Phi Delta Theta, Order of Gimghoul, Order of Scabbard and Blade and was a Herbert Worth Jackson Scholar. He played on a UNC baseball team, along with Bryson, that went to the College World Series.
In addition to her undergraduate degree in zoology, Southerland has received four other degrees from UNC: bachelor’s in dental hygiene (1984); doctor of dental surgery (1989); master’s in public health (1994); and a doctorate in oral biology (2005). She is a professor and former dean of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Tennessee. As a student at UNC, Southerland was an Opeyo dancer, peer counselor, member of the Sweet Carolines and Delta Sigma Theta, and a UNC System Board of Governors’ Scholar. She has served as a committee chair for the Black Alumni Reunion and is a founding member of its Light on the Hill Society. She also served on the chancellor’s advisory committee during planning for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.
New directors elected to three-year terms representing N.C. districts are:
Wayne Abernathy ’69, of Burlington, to the district for Alamance, Caswell, Durham and Person counties. Abernathy, who also received a law degree from UNC in 1975, is a Superior Court judge. At UNC, he was a member of the Scott College Senate.
Hayes R. Holderness ’79, of Greensboro, to the district for Alleghany, Ashe, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties. Holderness is a senior consultant and former executive committee member for The Todd Organization. As a student, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He has been a member of the UNC National Development Council, the Regional Carolina First Campaign Steering Committee, the UNC Co-Founders Club of the School of Medicine and the Chancellor’s Club.
J. Rich Leonard ’71, of Raleigh, to the district for Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. Leonard, who also received a master’s in education in 1973, is dean of the Campbell Law School and former chief judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar and was president of the Carolina Union, member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Golden Fleece, a Richardson Fellow, and a recipient of the John J. Parker Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the Howard Odom Award for Outstanding Sociology Major and the Frank Porter Graham Award. He received a master’s degree in educational counseling from UNC in 1973 and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Law.
New directors elected to three-year terms representing out-of-state alumni are:
William H. Fuller Jr. ’86, of Chesapeake, Va., to the district for Virginia. A former NFL player, Fuller is a master defensive line coach for All-American Games LLC. At UNC, he was captain of the football team and member of Omega Psi Phi and the UNC Honored Ring of Jerseys. He has served on the board of the Rams Club and on UNC’s Board of Visitors. He has received the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the GAA’s Black Alumni Reunion.
Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence ’83, of Los Angeles, to the district for Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Lawrence is an actress and owner and producer for Sienna Productions. At UNC, she was a founding member and vice president of the Order of the Bell Tower, acted in PlayMakers Repertory Company productions and was president of the Alpha Chi Omega pledge class. She received the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 1998.
Robert C.H. “Bert” Mathews III ’76, of Nashville, Tenn., to the district for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mathews is a partner in Colliers International. At UNC, he was a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Chi Psi, Order of the Grail, Order of the Old Well, president of the Sports Club and the Sailing Club and vice chair of the Fine Arts Festival. He is a member of UNC’s Board of Visitors.
New director elected to a three-year term on UNC’s Athletic Council:
Charles F.H. “Charlie” McNairy ’97, of Raleigh. McNairy, CEO of International Farming Corp., attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar and was a member of the men’s basketball team. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was selected for the Academic All-ACC team and received the Rick Sharp Award for the player contributing the most behind the scenes. He has served on a Morehead Scholarship regional selection committee.
The board appointed two at-large directors to three-year terms:
Peter D. Hans ’91 of Raleigh, who is a former chair of the UNC System Board of Governors, having first been elected to that board in 2003. Hans also has served on the UNC Tomorrow Commission and the 2005 and 2010 presidential search committees. Prior to joining the BOG, Hans completed a six-year term on the State Board of Community Colleges. At UNC, he was a member of Theta Chi.
Lori Ann Harris ’84 of Greensboro, who is a lobbyist and president of L.A. Harris & Associates Inc. At UNC, Harris was a member of the Order of the Old Well, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Pan-Hellenic Council, the Student Union forum committee and chair of its social committee, the Black/White Dialogue Group and the Black Student Movement. She is a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and committee member for the Black Alumni Reunion’s Light on the Hill Society gala. She received BAR’s Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008.
The board appointed two out-of-state directors to two-year terms:
Gwendolyn Michele “Wendy” Bounds ’93, of Garrison, N.Y., to the district for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Bounds is an author and a journalist with Consumer Reports. At UNC, she was on the staff of The Daily Tar Heel and editor-in-chief of The UNC Journalist, then the magazine for the journalism school. She received the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2007, when she was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal. She serves on the board of advisers for UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and in 2010 received a Next Generation Leadership Award from the N.C. Halls of Fame in Journalism and Public Relations, based at the school.
Aime Goldberg Macdonald ’98 of Somerville, Mass., to the district for international areas outside of the U.S. and for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Macdonald is an attorney with Butters Brazilian LLP. At UNC, she was an honors student and member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Delta Zeta and Order of Omega. She is leader of the Boston Carolina Club.
The board appointed a representative to the University’s Athletic Council for a two-year term:
Michael R. Bucy ’01 of Greensboro, a financial analyst and partner with McKinsey & Co. Bucy attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar and was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer team. He was founder of the UNC Dance Marathon and serves on its board. He also was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, UNC representative on the ACC Leadership Council, member of the Student Advisory Committee to the UNC Board of Trustees and member of Order of the Grail. He was co-chair of the UNC Young Alumni Council for the Carolina First Campaign.
Professor Lissa Lamkin Broome of Chapel Hill was appointed as the faculty representative on the board. Broome joined the faculty in 1984 and is the Wells Fargo Professor of banking law and director of the Center for Banking and Finance at UNC’s School of Law. She received the McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1986, 1992, 1995 and 1998. In 2009, she was inducted into the newly created McCall Master Teachers’ Society for Teaching Excellence. From 1993 to 1995, Broome served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, and since July 2010, she has served as the University’s faculty athletics representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA.
Anthony Eden Rand ’61 of Fayetteville, treasurer; Dwight M. “Davy” Davidson III ’77 of Greensboro, assistant treasurer; and Wade M. Smith ’60 of Raleigh, counsel, were reappointed to their posts.