Board of Trustees

Management of the university is legally vested in the Board of Trustees, a self-perpetuating board elected by majority vote from nominees submitted by the Trusteeship Committee of the board. The board delegates authority to the president of the university for the operation of the total university program in keeping with established procedures and policies, and the president is the official liaison between the university and the board.

The board approves all major policy decisions, adopts the official budgets of the university, and passes on other major matters of university business. Much of the work is done through committees, but the full board has regularly scheduled meetings at least three times a year.

Current Officers

Chair: W. Wayne Higgins, Weaverville, NC
Vice-Chair: Linda Judge-McRae, Knoxville, NC
Treasurer: Gwen Davis, Raleigh, NC
Secretary: Carolyn Ferguson, Candler, NC

Terms Expire December 31, 2017

Mark Cabaniss, Nolensville, TN
Linda Judge-McRae, Knoxville, TN
Will Davis, Charlotte, NC
Mike Kelly, Mason, OH
Sally P. Duyck, Asheville, NC
Brenda G. Nash, Asheville, NC
Carolyn H. Ferguson, Candler, NC
Karen M. Smith, Winston-Salem, NC
W. Wayne Higgins, Weaverville, NC

Terms Expire December 31, 2018

Joe Bingham, Macon, GA
J. Dixon Free, Lincolnton, NC
Ronald O. Brown, Asheville, NC
Eugene Holdway, Greer, SC
Magay Shepard, Charlotte, NC
Michael Cranford, Fuquay Varina, NC
B. Jane Winn, Charlotte, NC
Troy L. Day, Kannapolis, NC

Terms Expire December 31, 2019

Doug Buchanan, Cary, NC
Ruth Parham, Kingsport, TN
David Costner, Leicester, NC
Brent Townsend, Mission Viejo, CA
Jean S. Freeman, Charlotte, NC
Charles Trammell, Memphis, TN
Harold H. “Bud” Hughes, Weaverville, NC
Jim Wilson, Greensboro, NC

Terms Expire December 31, 2020

Bruce Boyles, Kings Mountain, NC
A.C. Honeycutt, Jr., Mars Hill, NC
Max Burgin, Ellenboro, NC
Bill Murdock, Arden, NC
Kyle Carver, Leicester, NC
Jeremy Pressley, Canton, NC
Gwen Davis, Raleigh, NC
Mike Stephens, Greenville, SC
Mary Dawson, Abingdon, VA