Haywood D. Cochrane Jr. of Elon has been elected chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.
Trustees on Thursday, July 27 also elected two members as new officers for one-year terms on the 13-member board responsible for governing the university.
Charles Duckett of Winston-Salem was elected vice chairman and William A. Keyes IV of Washington, D.C., was elected secretary.
Six trustees were sworn in to begin four-year terms, five of them reappointed. Joining the board is Richard Stevens of Cary, an attorney with the Smith Anderson law firm. A seventh new board member is senior Elizabeth Adkins of Fayetteville, who was sworn in May 25 and fills the ex officio seat held by Carolina’s student body president.
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The board issued a statement saying that under Cochrane’s leadership, it will “continue to support UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and her team, including the implementation of the university’s strategic framework and its alignment with the UNC System’s strategic plan. It will focus on innovating, translating and supporting economic development and backing institutional efficiencies and cost reductions through shared services and other operational initiatives critical to Carolina’s future. The board will also bolster Carolina’s capital campaign as the university approaches the public launch this October.”
Cochrane began his career in banking and moved into health care where he helped rebuild and grow a number of public and private companies with the support of venture capital and private equity partners. He received a bachelor of arts in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1970 where he was a Morehead Scholar, a North Carolina Fellow and secretary of the UNC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
He has held a number of senior management and executive positions at companies including Allied Clinical Laboratories Inc., Roche Biomedical Laboratories Inc., National Health Laboratories Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings and CHD Meridian Corporate Healthcare Inc., now a unit of Walgreens. He has served as director of I-trax, Allied Clinical Laboratories Inc., Tripath Imaging Inc., EV3 Inc., American Esoterics Inc., JDN Realty Inc., Sonus Corp., Unilab Inc. and Ameripath Inc., among other companies.
Stevens, a five-term North Carolina senator (2003-2012), previously served on the board from 1995-2003, including a term as chairman from 1997-1999. Stevens earned his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Carolina and has scholarships named for him at the UNC School of Law and the UNC School of Government.
His is a former Wake County manager.