UNC board gets new members, leaders

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

The UNC Board of Trustees added four new members today and swept in a new era of leadership.

W. Lowery Caudill of Durham, co-founder of Magellan Laboratories Inc., was elected chairman of the board, during what was Chancellor Carol Folt’s first Board of Trustees meeting.

Also, Alston Gardner of Chapel Hill, a venture partner in Fulcrum Equity Partners was elected vice chairman and Sallie Shuping-Russell, also of Chapel Hill and managing director of BlackRock, was elected the board’s secretary.

The board also added some international flavor, with new member Christopher David McCartney Lambden, the university’s student body president.

Lambden, of Somerset, England, was sworn in May 23 to fill the ex officio seat held by UNC’s student body president.

The board actually has five new trustees, but Haywood D. Cochrane, the chairman of the board of DARA Biosciences, Inc., was unable to attend Thursday’s board meeting.

The four members sworn in include:

  • Jefferson W. Brown of Charlotte, a partner with Moore and Van Allen.
  • Charles G. Duckett of Winston-Salem, a partner with Battle &Associates Inc.
  • Kelly Matthews Hopkins of Charlotte, a civic leader.
  • Dwight Stone of Greensboro, president of D. Stone Builders.

Caudill said the board will build stronger relationships with external constituencies, create a sustainable approach to enterprise risk management and consolidate the university’s work on innovation so that it can quantify and communicate its impact on North Carolina.