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North Carolina is nationally known for its public and private universities and 58-campus community college system, which are often cited as key factors in the state’s growth. Improving the state’s K-12 public schools and encouraging an additional 2 million residents to complete postsecondary degrees or credentials by 2030 are key initiatives supported by many business and political leaders.

BREEDEN BLACKWELL

chairman | State Board of Community Colleges

Fayetteville

The retired school principal, 74, was elected chairman in 2019. It’s one of the nation’s largest systems with 58 campuses.

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CONNIE LEDOUX BOOK

president | Elon University

Elon

Book became Elon’s first female president in 2018 after serving as provost of The Citadel. She previously spent 16 years at Elon as a professor and provost. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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KELLI BROWN

chancellor | Western Carolina University

Cullowhee

In 2019, Brown became the university’s 12th and first female chancellor. With a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University, she has written on school and community partnerships. She was provost at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga., before coming to North Carolina.

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J. BRADLEY CREED

president | Campbell University

Buies Creek

The Texas native was named president in 2015. He holds master’s of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining Campbell, he was provost and a religion professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and the dean of Baylor University’s seminary.

ERIC DAVIS

chairman | State Board of Education

Charlotte

Davis has served on the board since 2015 and became its chairman in 2018. A U.S. Military Academy civil engineering graduate who works for Wells Fargo, he was an elected member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board before being appointed to the state role.

KANDI DEITEMEYER

president | Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte

As the college’s fourth president, Deitemeyer leads its six Mecklenburg County campuses. She was named president of the N.C. Association of Community College Presidents last year. She holds a doctoral degree in counselor education and educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

SHERI EVERTS

chancellor | Appalachian State University

Boone

Everts, who attended a one-room schoolhouse growing up in Nebraska, took her post in 2014. Since then ASU has added about 2,000 students to more than 20,000 and boosted the percentage of minority and lower-income students. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska.

SHARON L. GABER

chancellor | UNC Charlotte

Charlotte

Gaber, 56, came to the state’s second-biggest public university last July after leading the University of Toledo for five years and serving as provost at the University of Arkansas. Enrollment now tops 30,000 students. She has a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

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FRANK GILLIAM JR.

chancellor | UNC Greensboro

Greensboro

Gilliam became the university’s 11th chancellor in 2015. Since then, its enrollment has surpassed 20,000 and UNCG secured approval for a Millennial Campus designation to help expand its health and arts programs. He previously was dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa.

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KEVIN GUSKIEWICZ

chancellor | UNC Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

Guskiewicz, 54, succeeded Carol Folt in 2019. A member of the university’s faculty since 1995, he had led the College of Arts and Sciences since 2016. He’s  a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science with a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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PETER HANS

president | UNC System

Chapel Hill

The former N.C. Community College System president, a former lobbyist and political aid, was selected to oversee the 17-campus system last year, succeeding William Roper. UNC has held tuition flat for five straight years, which Hans calls unprecedented. He is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate.

JENNIFER HAYGOOD

senior vice president of finance | UNC System

Chapel Hill

After a dozen years with the N.C. Community College System, Haygood switched to her current position last year. With degrees from Rice and Duke universities, she is responsible for the financial affairs of the multibillion dollar system, which has annual expenditures of nearly $5 billion.

CECILIA HOLDEN

president, CEO | MyFutureNC

Raleigh

The Duke University MBA, 57, and former IBM staffer gained her current post in 2019. The nonprofit’s goal is for 2 million additional North Carolinians to earn a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030.

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HAROLD MARTIN

chancellor | N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University

Greensboro

Martin has led the largest U.S. historically Black university since 2009, with enrollment of nearly 13,000. No other school graduates more Black engineers. He led Winston-Salem State University from 2000-06 after previously working at A&T for 10 years as a professor and administrator.

VINCENT PRICE

president | Duke University

Durham

The former provost at the University of Pennsylvania came to North Carolina in 2017.  Price, 63, signed a new five-year contract earlier this year. An expert on public opinion, he has master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.

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NIDO QUBEIN

president | High Point University

High Point

Born in Lebanon, Qubein, 72, spoke limited English when he came to the United States as a teen. He earned a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and an MBA from UNC Greensboro, After a successful business career, he took charge at High Point in 2005. Enrollment has since soared by more than 200% with dozens of new programs and 90 buildings. He signed a 10-year contract in 2019.

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CAROL QUILLEN

president | Davidson College

Davidson

She’s led the elite undergraduate school since 2011 as its first female president. She oversaw creation of an entrepreneurship center and shifted athletics to the Atlantic 10 Conference. Last year, the Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University apologized for the college’s complicity in supporting slavery.

SCOTT RALLS

president | Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh

A leader of the N.C. Community College System from 2008-15, Ralls, 56, left for a job in Virginia, then returned to the state’s largest two-year school in 2019. He has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland.

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RANDY RAMSEY

chairman | UNC System Board of Governors

Beaufort

Ramsey, 58, succeeded Harry Smith as the board’s leader in 2019. He is president of Jarrett Bay Boatworks and a principal of Bluewater Yacht Sales. He is a former trustee at N.C. State University, where he and his wife, Tiffany, became the largest donors to the athletics endowment in 2016.

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MEBANE RASH

CEO | EducationNC

Deep Gap

Rash, 52, and her staff share information about the state’s education trends in an online publication. She is a UNC School of Law graduate and formerly led the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

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JENNA ROBINSON

president | James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Cary

Robinson, 41, joined the higher education research group in 2007. She has a master’s degree and Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. The Martin Center was established in 2003 with support from the Pope family.

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PHILIP ROGERS

chancellor | East Carolina University

Greenville

With a University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., he started in March. The son of a Greenville pastor, Rogers was chief of staff at ECU before working at the American Council on Education for seven years. He also has degrees from Wake Forest University and UNC Chapel Hill.

JOSE “ZITO” SARTARELLI

chancellor | UNC Wilmington

Wilmington

The Brazil native with a Michigan State Ph.D. worked for Johnson & Johnson before becoming dean of West Virginia University’s business school in 2010. UNC hired Sartarelli, 71, to lead the Wilmington campus in 2015, and he’s overseen record enrollment and philanthropy.

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RICHARD STEVENS

chairman, board of trustees | UNC Chapel Hill

Cary

The former Wake County manager has been the board leader since 2019. He rejoined the board in 2017 after serving from 1995-2003. He was a state senator from 2003 to 2012 and holds bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the Chapel Hill school.

THOMAS STITH III

president | N.C. Community College System

Raleigh

A former U.S. Small Business Administration district director, Stith was named system president in January. Prior jobs included serving as chief of staff to Gov. Pat McCrory. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from N.C. Central University.

A. HOPE WILLIAMS

president | North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

Raleigh

With degrees from Duke and N.C. State universities and UNC Chapel Hill, she’s had her post since 1986.

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RANDY WOODSON

chancellor | N.C. State University

Raleigh

The state’s largest university has been led since 2010 by the plant biologist and former Purdue University provost. It has more than 34,000 students and an annual budget of $1.4 billion. Woodson, 63, has a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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