Commission Members

Jim W. Phillips, Jr., a Greensboro attorney, currently serves as Chair of the UNC Board of Governors.  Mr. Phillips received his BA in history from UNC Chapel Hill and JD from Wake Forest University.  He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Committee on Judiciary Independence, the North Carolina Commission on Business Laws and the Economy; and is the former director of both the Research Triangle Park Foundation and Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, as well as a former member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.  Mr. Phillips will also serve as chairman of this Commission.

Andrea Bazan Manson is the President of the Triangle Community Foundation based in Durham. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of El Pueblo and as the first Latina lobbyist at the NC General Assembly.  She was also a lobbyist at the federal level.  Ms. Bazan-Manson serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza in Washington DC and on the boards of the John Rex Endowment, Wachovia Bank in Raleigh, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina.  Ms. Bazan Manson holds a master's in Social Work and Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

John M. Blackburn is the current president and general manager of Linville Resorts.  Mr. Blackburn received his BS in economics from King College and MBA from Virginia Tech.  He presently serves as the vice-chairman of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.  Mr. Blackburn is also the board chair of both Appalachian Regional Health Care and Cannon Memorial Hospital, as well as a board member of the Avery County YMCA and the Crossnore School Inc.

Peaches Gunter Blank is an accomplished businesswoman currently serving on the UNC Board of Governors.  Ms. Blank received her BA in political science and MA in public administration from North Carolina State University, where she is the former chair of the Board of Trustees.  Additionally, Ms. Blank is the former Deputy Governor of Tennessee, a member of the NC Higher Education Bond Oversight Committee, former chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, former member of the Southern Regional Education board and former chair of the NCSU Endowment Board.

Edward Broadwell, Jr. is a banking executive that received his BA in business from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mr. Broadwell currently serves on the UNC Board of Governors, is a member of the N.C. Rural Development Council executive committee and serves as chairman of the Mission Healthcare Foundation.  He is also a Mission Hospitals, Inc. trustee, a member of America’s Community Bankers board, and former chairman of the N.C. Bankers Association.

Bert Collins is a former member of the UNC Board of Governors that received his BS in business administration from Huston-Tillotson College, MBA from the University of Detroit and his JD from North Carolina Central University’s School of Law.  Mr. Collins was the chairman for NC Mutual Life Insurance Co., the former chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees, and former president of the Durham Chamber of Commerce.  He is also the former chair of the Black Achievers Advisory Board.

Amanda M. Devore works in Federal Tax Consulting for Ernst & Young, LLP.  Ms. Devore received her BA in Accounting and MA in Accounting from North Carolina State University, where she was a Park Scholar.  She is the former President of the UNC Association of Student Governments.  Additionally, Ms. Devore served on the search committee for the NC State College of Management Dean and the search committee for the University of North Carolina President.

Dudley E. Flood is a retired educator that received his BA in social studies from North Carolina Central University, MA in school administration from East Carolina University and Ed.D from Duke University.  Dr. Flood currently serves on the UNC Board of Governors, is the former associate State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the former executive director of the N.C. Association of School Administrators and former vice chairman of the NCCU board.

Hannah D. Gage is a former radio station executive that received her BA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Ms. Gage currently sits on the UNC Board of Governors and is the former chair of the UNC-Wilmington Board of Trustees.  She is also a member of the N.C. Coastal Land trust board, a member of the Southeastern N.C. Community Foundation board, the local Wachovia Board and the Wilmington Junior League Advisory Board.  Ms. Gage is also a former member of the N.C. Association of Broadcasters and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Anita R. Brown-Graham is the current director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University.  She received both her undergraduate and graduate degree from Louisiana State University and her JD from UNC-Chapel Hill Law School.  She spent 12 years as a Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government and adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Law. Ms. Brown-Graham has also served on the board of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and as a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. 

Peter D. Hans is a government relations strategic advisor that received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mr. Hans currently serves on the UNC Board of Governors and is the former vice-chair of the NC Board of Community Colleges.  He is also a former member of the NC Center for Public Policy Research board, former member of the NC Center for Voter Education board, a member of the Urban Ministries of Wake County board and a former member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation State Advisory Panel.  Mr. Hans has also served as policy advisor to U.S. Senators Lauch Faircloth, Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr.

James E. Holshouser, Jr. is the former governor of North Carolina.  Governor Holshouser received his BS in history from Davidson College and LL.B from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a former member of the NC House of Representatives, former trustee at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and Davidson College and currently works as an attorney in Southern Pines.

Brenda L. Killingsworth is presently the chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly.  Dr. Killingsworth received her BS, BA and MBA from East Carolina University and her PhD from the University of South Carolina.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Business at East Carolina University.

Phillip J. Kirk, Jr. currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations at Catawba College in Salisbury where he received his B. A. degree in English and secondary education in 1967. Mr. Kirk is President/CEO Emeritus of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI), Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education, and former Vice Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges. He served on the Catawba College Board of Trustees for 26 years. Kirk also chaired the state's two largest bond campaigns in history for the UNC system. He currently serves on more than 20 boards and commissions, including the North Carolina Economic Development board, Meredith College board of trustees, UNC TV board, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation board. Other jobs Mr. Kirk has held include the Chief of Staff's position with Governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin and Senator Jim Broyhill, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources (twice) and North Carolina State Senator.

Marshall Pitts is a practicing attorney and the former mayor of Fayetteville. He is currently a partner in the Washington & Pitts law firm in Fayetteville and is also licensed to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pitts received his BA in criminology from Appalachian State University and JD from North Carolina Central University. He currently sits on the board of directors for ElectriCities and was recently elected to serve as a member of the UNC Board of Governors. Mr. Pitts is also the former chair of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Community and Economic Development Committee, as well as a former member of both the Executive Board of the North Carolina Metropolitan Coalition and the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee.

Thomas W. Ross is the recently named president of Davidson College and former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.  Mr. Ross received his BA from Davidson College and JD from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.   He is the former Superior Court Judge and Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts; serves as the chair of the UNC-Greensboro Board of Trustees and sits on the Board of Trustees at Davidson College.  Mr. Ross served as Chair of the Governor’s Commission to Modernize State Finances and sits on the following boards: Southeastern Council of Foundations, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Institute of Emerging Issues at NC State University and the NC Open Government Coalition.

Estelle “Bunny” Sanders is the current mayor of Roper.  Ms. Sanders received her BA in political science from Howard University and pursued graduate studies at George Washington University.  Ms. Sanders is a current member of the UNC Board of Governors, the Gateway Bank Advisory Board, the Washington County Child Advocacy Board, the Washington County Speakers Bureau, and the Washington County Travel and Tourism Board.  She is also the former director of the ECSU Small Business and Technology Development Center as well as a former member of the Washington County Hospital Board.

Ruth G. Shaw is the past President and CEO of Duke Energy, currently serving as the executive advisor to the company.  She received a BA and MA in English from East Carolina University and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Shaw is the former President of Central Piedmont Community College, currently serves on the UNC-Charlotte Board of Trustees, and is also a board member and past chair of the Foundation for the Carolinas.  Additionally, Dr. Shaw is on the board of visitors at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.

Lawrence Seigler is a retired Greenville pharmaceutical executive that received his BS in pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mr. Seigler is the chair of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the Education Cabinet and the Pitt County Education Foundation.  He has also served on the ECU Friends of the School of Music board, ECU’s College of Education’s Advisory Council and the University Health Systems and PCMH Boards of Trustees.  Mr. Seigler has also served as chair of NC Partners and co-chair of the NC Virtual High School Commission.

J. Craig Souza currently serves as the Vice Chair of the UNC Board of Governors.  Mr. Souza received a BA in history from East Carolina University, where he is a former chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He is the past president of the Association Executives of NC; former member of the NC Institute of Political Leadership board; member of the NC Center for Public Policy Research board; member of the Board of Directors of the NC Institute of Medicine; member of the NC Social Services Commission.  Mr. Souza is also the past president of the American Society of Health Care Association Executives.

Willy Stewart is President and CEO of Stewart Engineering a Raleigh based firm. Mr.            Stewart is the former chair of the State Building Commission and former President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina.  He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from NC State and currently serves on the executive committee and board for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, as well as the board of directors for Leadership North Carolina and the Triangle Community Foundation.

Priscilla P. Taylor is a current member of the UNC Board of Governors that received her BA in history, MS and PhD in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Dr. Taylor is a former member of the NC A&T State University Board of Trustees, former chair of the Greensboro United Way and Greensboro YMCA as well as the past president of the Junior League of Greensboro and the former director of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and United Arts Council.  She is currently a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School and Honors Program Advisory Councils.

Roland Vaughan is a businessman and the mayor of Edenton.  He received his BA in history from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mayor Vaughan is a former member of the NC Rural Prosperity Task Force, currently serves as the chair of the Edenton-Chowan Economic Development Corporation, and also serves on the NC League of Municipalities board.

James Woodward is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Dr. Woodward has a BSAE degree, a MSAE degree and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1973 and an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1997.  He currently serves as the board chair of the Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education.

David W. Young is an Asheville business owner that received his BS in industrial relations from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mr. Young is a current member of the UNC Board of Governors and a Buncombe County Commissioner.  He is a member of the NC Association of County Commissioners, member and former chair of the Buncombe County Economic Development Board and member and former chair of the Asheville Regional Airport Authority.  Mr. Young also serves as the Buncombe County member of Blue Ridge Film Commission Advisory Board, the WNC Development Association, the Land of Sky Regional Council and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.