2012-2013 Board of Trustees

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


Barbara Mulkey

Barbara H. Mulkey, Raleigh, NC
Chairman and Founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. Former member of the Board of Trustees for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Former President and National Director of 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.

Barbara Mulkey

Jimmy D. Clark, Greensboro, NC
Owner and President of Guy M. Turner, Inc. Former Chair of the NC State Board of Visitors.
Member of the NC State Engineering Foundation Board, Dean’s Circle, Student Aid
Association, Alumni Association and the Walter Hines Page Society. Has served on the Park
Scholarship’s Selection Committee. Established the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished Professorship
for the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State. Received
his B.S. in Civil Engineering from NC State and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Jack L. Cozort

Jack L. Cozort, Raleigh, NC
Owner of Cozort Government Relations, a North State Strategies Company Member. 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.

S. Lawrence Davenport

S. Lawrence Davenport, 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.

Benjamin P. Jenkins III

Benjamin P. Jenkins III, Charlotte, NC
Second Vice Chair
Retired. Former Vice Chairman and President of The General Banking Group of Wachovia Corporation. Past 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.

Gayle Lainer

Gayle S. Lanier, Raleigh, NC
Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Chief Customer Officer, Duke Energy. Former positions include: Vice President, Administrative Services, Duke Energy; Vice President, Corporate Services, Progress Energy; and Vice President and General Manager of Knowledge Services for Nortel Networks. Former Trustee for the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. Director of the NC State Engineering Foundation. Member of NC State Board of Trustees since 2007 and former member of the NC State Board of Visitors. Founder of Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier Scholarship Endowment. Named NC State Distinguished Alumna by the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1982 from NC State.

Bob L. Mattocks

Bob L. Mattocks II, New Bern, NC
President of J. G. and O. Co., Inc. of New Bern, past chair of the Tryon Palace Commission, past president of the National Propane Gas Association and past Emergency Planning Chairman of NC Energy Policy Council. Serves on Swiss Bear Executive Committee overseeing award-winning revitalization of downtown historic New Bern. Past member of NC State’s Board of Visitors, NC State Wolfpack Club Board of Directors and NC State Education Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Directors. B.S. in Forest Management from NC State in 1959.

Dr. James W. "Jim" Owens

Dr. James W. “Jim” Owens, Peoria Heights, IL.
Former 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. B.S. and Master’s degrees in Textile Technology, Ph.D. in Economics from NC State.

Randall C. "Randy" Ramsey

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

John Sall, Cary, NC
Co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS Institute. Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Board Member of the NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation, Campaign Steering Committee, Nature Conservancy, Cary Academy, and Advisory Commission for N.C. 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, Illinois. Honorary doctorate from NC State in 2003.

E. Norris Tolson

E. Norris Tolson, Pinetops, NC
First Vice Chair
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.

Susan Ward

Susan Ward, Raleigh, NC
Retired freelance artist and philanthropist. Former president of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Board. Served as Vice President of ARTS NC State and Chair of the Development Committee for NCSU Friends of the Gallery. Developed a number of scholarships across disciplines of NC State. Recipient of the Watauga Medal, Menscer Cup, the Dean’s Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Bowers Medal of Arts and the Wings on Wings Award from the College of Design. B.F.A from Western Carolina University.

Robert A. “Andy” Walsh, Cary, NC
Student Body President. Majoring in Political Science. Alumni Association Student Ambassador, previously served as the Student Government Traditions Chair. Promoter and organizer of student projects including: Coaches’ Corner, the Brick and the Respect the Pack event. Played on the club men’s hockey team for 2 seasons. Student employee at SAS Institute for 5 years and former intern in the Office of Federal Relations at NC State.


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