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2010-2011 Board of Trustees

(All biographical information is current for the time period in which trustees served.)


S. Lawrence Davenport, Chair, Pactolus, NC

Past Chair, NC State Board of Trustees. President of J.P. Davenport and Son, Inc. Founding and current member of the Board of Visitors and recipient of the Watauga Medal. Member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. B.S. in Agronomy from NC State in 1965.

Jack L. Cozort, Raleigh, NC

Counsel with the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in its Raleigh Office, specializing in Government Relations, Regulatory Law and Appellate Litigation. Twelve-year veteran of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and former Director of the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. Counsel to Governor James B. Hunt from 1977 until 1985. Former Associate Attorney General in the NC Department of Justice and former Chairman of the NC State Board of Visitors. B.A. in Political Science from NC State in 1972.

Benjamin P. Jenkins III, Managing, Charlotte, NC

Director and Vice Chairman for Retail Banking at Morgan Stanley & Co.’s New York firm; former Vice Chairman and President of the General Bank for Wachovia Corporation. Former member of NC State Board of Visitors, NC State Graduate School Advisory Board, co-chair of the College of Management’s Achieve! Campaign Steering Committee, and currently a member of the Riddick Lifetime Giving Society. B.S. in Textile Chemistry from NC State.

Bob Jordan, Mount Gilead, NC

President of Jordan Lumber and Supply, Inc. Served as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1984-88), State Senator (1976-84) and member of the UNC Board of Governors (1961-76). Former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for eight years (1991 – 1999). Recipient of the Menscer Cup in 2008, the North Carolina Award for Public Service in 2001 and the Watauga Award in 1995. Holds honorary doctorates from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Methodist College. B.S. Degree in Wood Sciences and Technology from NC State.

Gayle S. Lanier, Raleigh, NC

Vice President of Corporate Services for Progress Energy. Former Vice President and General Manager of Knowledge Services for Nortel Networks and current Trustee for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Director for the NC State Engineering Foundation and former member of the NC State Board of Visitors. B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1982 from NC State.

Barbara H. Mulkey, Second Vice Chair, Raleigh, NC

Chairman and Founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. Member of the Board of Directors for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Former President and National Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina. Former member of the NC State Engineering Foundation and former Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors. B.S. and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from NC State.

Dr. James W. “Jim” Owens, Peoria Heights, IL.

Chairman and CEO, of Caterpillar Inc. Recipient of NC State’s Watauga Medal, College of Management’s Alumnus of the Year 1999 and Person of the Year 2009, a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and member of the W.H. Page Lifetime Giving Society. Former featured speaker at the College of Management’s Wachovia Executive Lecture Series. BS and MS in Textile Technology, Ph.D. in Economics from NC State.

Randall C. “Randy” Ramsey, Beaufort, NC

Founder and President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Chairman of Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales, an authorized sales and service dealer for the industry’s most respected brands of sport fishing and motor yachts, and broker for exclusive pre-owned vessels. Member and Former President of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board and member of the North Carolina Manufacturer’s Association. Vice President of the NC State Student Aid Association. Current member of the NC State Alumni Association, the State Club and the NC State Council on Athletics.

John Sall, Cary, NC

Co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS Institute. Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Board Member of the NCSU Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation, Campaign Steering Committee, Nature Conservancy, Cary Academy, Advisory Commission for NC Museum of Natural Sciences. B.A. in History from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and master’s degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Honorary doctorate from NC State in 2003.

E. Norris Tolson, Pinetops, NC

President and CEO of the N.C. Biotechnology Center. Former N.C. secretary of commerce, secretary of transportation and secretary of revenue. Member of the N.C. House of Representatives from 1994 to 1997. Served in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company’s agricultural products. Member of the NC State Alumni Association Board of Directors, the NC State Board of Visitors and the CALS Alumni & Friends Advisory Board. Graduated from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in crop science and agribusiness.

Steve F. Warren, Secretary, Greensboro, NC

Managing Partner, Gateway Management Group. Former President of the Board of Directors of the NC State Student Aid Association. Secretary of the NC State Board of Trustees. Member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. B.S. in Textile Technology in 1968 from NC State’s and an M.B.A. in 1973 from UNC-CH.

Cassius Williams, First Vice Chair, Greenville, NC

Student Body President. Majoring in Political Science. Active member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Urban Christian Ministries, the YMCA and Communities in Schools. Involved in a number of political campaigns in the fall of 2008, allowing him to connect to students and understand their chief concerns on and off campus.

Kelly Hook, Waxhaw, NC

Student Body President. Majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing. Civitas Institute of Practical Politics graduate, distinguished member of Toastmasters International since 2007, head of Howl for Haiti relief effort and former intern for the North Carolina State General Assembly.