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Robert W. Winston III ’84 of Raleigh, chief executive officer of Winston Hospitality Inc., has been elected chair of the UNC Board of Trustees.

Trustees on 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 ’83 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. MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay ’68 of Boston was elected secretary.

Five new trustees also participated in their first meetings: Donald W. Curtis ’63 of Raleigh, chair and chief executive officer of the Curtis Media Group; Wade Hampton Hargrove ’62 of Raleigh, a national media attorney and partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP; Edward C. Smith Jr. ’65 of Grimesland, chair and chief executive officer of Grady-White Boats Inc.; John L. Townsend III ’77 of Greenwich, Conn., a former managing director and general partner for Goldman Sachs and Co.; and Felicia A. Washington ’87 of Charlotte, a partner and lawyer who specializes in employment and immigration law at K&L Gates LLP.

Curtis is first vice chair of the GAA Board of Directors, and Hargrove is a former GAA board member.

The UNC System 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 chair Roger Perry ’71, 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.

Currently a director of the Research Triangle Foundation, Winston is a member of the board of advisory for the Institute of the Arts and Humanities. He also has served on the National Development Council and the University’s Board of Visitors.


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