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GAA Installs New Board Members

Randy K. Jones ’79 of Chula Vista, Calif., was installed as chair of the GAA Board of Directors at the Annual Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, succeeding Dwight M. Davidson III ’77 of Greensboro. Eleanor Saunders Morris ’55 of Chapel Hill assumed office as chair-elect.

Jones, who earned his law degree at UNC in 1982, is an assistant U.S. attorney and has served on the GAA Board of Directors since 2003. He is a past member of the UNC Board of Visitors and was recognized in 1998 with the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and in 2006 with the Harvey Beech Distinguished Alumnus Award. Jones was chosen last year as chair-elect by the GAA board.

Morris, the retired director of scholarships and student aid at Carolina, previously served on the GAA board as an N.C. District representative (2000-03) and as first vice chair (2006-07). She received the GAA’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1996. She also is the daughter of the late J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders ’25, who led the GAA for 43 years as alumni secretary, retiring in 1970.

As a result of elections decided by GAA members, Davidson announced that D. Jordan “Jordy” Whichard III ’79 of Greenville is the board’s first vice chair and David Brian Layton Royle ’78 of Washington, D.C., is second vice chair.

Whichard is publisher of The Daily Reflector in Greenville and group publisher for Cox North Carolina Publications Inc. At UNC, he was president of Phi Gamma Delta, treasurer of Order of Gimghoul and a member of the Chancellor’s Committee on Student Conduct. He serves as a director of the UNC Health Care System.

Royle is executive vice president of Smithsonian Networks. He served on the GAA board (2005-08) representing the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., district, and is a member of the GAA Alumni Advisor Network. Royle attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar and was president of the Carolina Athletic Association and Sports Club Council, as well as founder of the Carolina Godiva Track Club and member of Carolina Forum, Chi Psi fraternity and Order of the Grail.

New directors elected to three-year terms representing N.C. districts are:

  • Harriet Morrison Loweth ’82 of Wilmington, District V (Anson, Brunswick, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery counties). Loweth, who received her MBA from UNC in 1984, is a retired product manager for Planters Lifesavers, RJR Nabisco. At UNC, she was a Johnston Scholar, charter vice president and president of Order of the Bell Tower, and member of Order of the Valkyries, Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Order of the Old Well, as well as manager of the Kenan Professor Convocation.
  • Alan L. “A.C.” Caldwell ’78 of Winston-Salem, District VI (Alleghany, Ashe, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties). Caldwell is senior director – public issues, Reynolds American Inc. At UNC, he was a co-captain of the football team and member of the track team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a board member of the Educational Foundation (Rams Club).
  • Sally Price Ormand ’58, of Monroe, District VII (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and Union counties). Ormand is a retired registered nurse for the Ormand Center for Women. At UNC, Ormand was president of the Panhellenic Council and a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, Kappa Delta sorority and Order of the Valkyries. She is a former member of a Morehead Scholarship regional committee and leader of the Union County Carolina Club.

New directors elected to three-year terms representing out-of-state alumni are:

  • Elizabeth Fell “Betsy” Oliphant ’96 of Philadelphia, District I (International, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont). Oliphant is director of production for PBS KIDS Sprout. At UNC, she was an ex-officio member of the GAA board (1995-96) as president of the Order of the Bell Tower. She also was a freshman camp counselor, member of Student Television and Company Carolina, and recipient of the J. Maryon Saunders Award and Outstanding Senior Award for Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is a member of the Philadelphia Carolina Club and former member of the London and Hartford, Conn., clubs.
  • Draggan P. Mihailovich ’83 of Stamford, Conn., District II (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York). Mihailovich is a producer with CBS News’ 60 Minutes. He received the GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2001 and has been a Nelson Benton lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At UNC, he was a staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel, color commentator for The Tar Heel Sports Network and reporter for WCHL radio.
  • Larry L. Poe ’65 of Issue, Md., District III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia). Poe is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and president of Poe Consulting Group Inc. He is a board member of the UNC Black Pioneers. At UNC, Poe was a student government representative, intramural sports official, resident hall floor manager, member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and recipient of a National Science Foundation scholarship.

Appointed as at-large directors for three-year terms are:

  • Teresa Carol Artis ’83 of Raleigh. Artis is vice president and general counsel for Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc. At UNC, she was involved in student government, was a resident assistant, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Order of the Old Well, Order of the Valkyries and Dialectic Society. She is a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, founding member of the Light on the Hill Society and past member of the Board of Visitors.
  • Dr. William “Bill” Ange Current Sr. ’56 of Gastonia. Current, who earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from UNC in 1958, is a dentist and member of the N.C. House of Representatives. At UNC, he was a member of Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity and Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Student representatives joining the board as ex-officio members for 2008-09 are:

  • Jessica Jewett “J.J.” Raynor, senior, president of the student body.
  • James Robert Shelly, president of the senior class.
  • Allison “Alli” Carol Nichols, senior, editor of The Daily Tar Heel.
  • Anne “Annie” Margaret Stavros, senior, president of the Order of The Bell Tower.

New director elected to a three-year term on UNC’s Athletic Council is:

  • Vaughn D. Bryson ’60 of Vero Beach, Fla. Bryson retired as president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Co. He was a member of the varsity baseball team at UNC and is co-chair of the Boshamer Stadium renovation committee. He is a former member of the steering committee of the Carolina First Campaign and the dean’s advisory committee for the School of Pharmacy.

Lloyd S. Kramer was appointed as the faculty representative on the board. Kramer is chair and Dean Smith Distinguished Term Professor in the history department and past recipient of an Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.

William P. Aycock II ’65 of Greensboro, counsel to the board, and N.C. Sen. Anthony Eden Rand ’61 of Fayetteville, treasurer, were reappointed to their posts.


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