McCrory names two Durhamites to state boards

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed two Durham residents to state boards.

Art Pappas, managing partner of a south Durham venture-capital firm, will continue for another two years on the board of directors of the N.C. Biotechnology Center.

His company, Pappas Ventures, invests in companies working in pharmaceuticals and other medical and life-science fields.

Pappas attended The Ohio State University and Xavier University and is a past chairman of the Biotechnology Center board.

The Biotechnology Center among other things supplies grants to researchers.

The governor also named real estate agent Tony Craver Jr. to the N.C. Real Estate Commission. A first-time appointee, Craver will serve a three-year term.

He is the owner and broker-in-charge of Craver Real Estate LLC. The Durham Regional Association of Realtors named him its Realtor of the year in 2007. Craver has a bachelor's in economics from Duke University.

The Real Estate Commission licenses and regulates real estate brokers.

Politically, Craver is registered as an unaffilated voter. Pappas is a Republican, as is McCrory.