James E. Delany ’70 of Hinsdale, Ill., was installed as chair of the GAA Board of Directors, succeeding Teresa Holland Williams ’77 of Huntersville, at the Annual Alumni Luncheon in May. L. Ferguson “Ferg” Norton ’61 of Wilmington became chair-elect.
Delany, who also received his law degree from UNC in 1973, was chosen chair-elect in 2016 after having served as second vice chair, an at-large director and an out-of-state district director. He is the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and former vice president and treasurer of USA Basketball. At UNC, he was a member of the freshman and varsity basketball teams, was a varsity tri-captain, received the Foy Roberson Award and was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi.
Norton is a retired rear admiral and former executive director of the First Flight Foundation, which staged the commemoration of the Centennial of Powered Flight in 2003 to celebrate North Carolina’s role in the Wright brothers’ first flight. He previously served on the board as an Athletic Council representative and first vice chair. As a student, he was a member of the Order of the Old Well and Navy ROTC and was co-captain of the baseball team.
Elections decided by GAA members also were announced at the May 13 luncheon.
Other new officers include David Keesler ’84 of Charlotte as first vice chair and Michael Zollicoffer ’85 (MD) of Baltimore as second vice chair.
Keesler is a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina. He has served on the board as an N.C. district representative, including chairing the Membership Development Committee. He attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar, was chair of the Undergraduate Honor Court and a member of the junior varsity soccer team, Order of the Golden Fleece and Phi Delta Theta.
Zollicoffer, a pediatrician, is owner and CEO of LifeCarePlus “No Barriers” Urgent Care Center in Baltimore. He has served on the board as an out-of-state district representative, including chairing the Activities Committee. As a medical student at UNC, he was president of the Whitehead Medical Society, founder of the Xi Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, president of the second-year medical class and recipient of the McNider Award. He also has served as chair of the UNC Board of Visitors and as a member of the UNC campaign planning board. He is founder of the Alumni Reconnect Campaign at the UNC Medical Foundation and is a member of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center campaign steering committee. He is a recipient of UNC’s Davie Award.
New directors elected to three-year terms representing N.C. districts:
Tom Morris ’74 of Wilmington to the district for Anson, Brunswick, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery counties. Morris, a former professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and chair of the Morris Institute for Human Values, attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar, was a member of student government and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 1992.
Alfred White ’76 of Lewisville to the district for Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties. White is a retired lead manager of logistics for Reynolds American Inc. and board chair for the Lewisville parks and recreation department. As a student at UNC, he was president of Grimes Residence Hall, North Campus representative for the Black Student Movement Central Committee and chair of Project Uplift. He is a recipient of the Black Alumni Reunion’s Harvey E. Beach Outstanding Alumni Award and the Elder Watson Diggs Award from Kappa Alpha Psi.
R. Darrell Hancock ’75 of Salisbury, who also received his law degree from UNC in 1978, to the district for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford and Union counties. Hancock is an attorney and president of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina. At UNC, he was chief justice of the Student Supreme Court and a member the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Student Honor Court and Sigma Delta Chi, the journalism honor society.
New directors elected to three-year terms representing out-of-state alumni:
Thomas C. Tillett ’74 of Ambler, Pa., to the district for International, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tillett is co-founder and CEO of MBF Therapeutics and founder and executive director of Sustained Acts. At UNC, he was a member of the student adviser team for the 1974 SACS-COC re-accreditation and was active in intramural athletics. He is a former president of the Paris Carolina Club.
Julia Wit Zupko ’99 of Guilford, Conn., to the district for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Zupko is assistant dean for career development at the Yale University School of Management. At UNC, she lettered and was a record holder on the varsity track and field team. She also was a campus ministries associate at the Newman Center, a member of Phi Sigma Pi and recipient of the Best Initiate Award. She is former treasurer of the Chicago Carolina Club.
Mary Argentine Adams Cooper ’12 of Washington, D.C., to the district for Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. Cooper, an algebra and geometry teacher at KIPP DC, was on the GAA board in 2011-12 as an ex officio member when she was student body president. At UNC, she also was director of Hope Gardens, philanthropy chair of Kappa Delta and coxswain for the men’s crew team.
Elected to a three-year term on UNC’s Athletic Council:
Brooke Crawford Record ’99 of Radnor, Pa. Record is associate director of development for The Agnes Irwin School. At UNC, she was a four-year starter on the women’s lacrosse team and a three-time All-American. She also was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Kappa Delta. She is a former member of the U.S. Developmental Lacrosse Squad.
Appointed as at-large directors to three-year terms:
Jan Rowe Capps ’75 of Wrightsville Beach. Capps, former president of Wesley Long Community Hospital, is co-vice chair and co-chair-elect of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Visitors. She is a member of the GAA’s Alumni Career Advisor Network and Tar Heel Network as well as the UNC Global Leadership Council. She is a former member of the UNC Board of Visitors.
John A. Fraley ’73 of Mooresville. Fraley is founder and CEO of Fraley Global Home and a member of the N.C. House of Representatives, where he is co-chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, co-chair of the Education Committee on Universities and chair of the UNC System Board of Governors Nominating Committee. He is a member of the UNC Board of Visitors. As a student, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Appointed as an at-large director for one year to fill a vacant seat:
Banks Edwards ’90 of Darien, Conn. Banks is a partner at Deloitte LLP. At UNC, where he also received a master’s in accounting in 1990, he was president of Beta Theta Pi and a member of the Interfraternity Council. He is a former president of the New York Carolina Club and a member of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Alumni Council.
Ferrel Guillory of Raleigh was appointed as the board’s faculty representative. Guillory is director of UNC’s Program on Public Life and a professor of the practice at the School of Media and Journalism as well as an adjunct faculty member in the department of public policy. Before academia, Guillory spent more than 20 years as a reporter, editorial page editor and columnist for The News & Observer. He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2012, he received the Edward Kidder Graham Award that recognizes public service by a member of the UNC faculty.
Reappointed to their posts were: Anthony Eden Rand ’61 (’64 LLBJD) of Fayetteville, treasurer; Dwight M. “Davy” Davidson III ’77 of Greensboro, assistant treasurer; and Wade M. Smith ’60 (’63 LLBJD) of Raleigh, counsel.