The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees recently approved a slate of 10 nominees comprising the third class of the university’s Board of Visitors, an organization launched three years ago.
Unanimous approval of the class of 2016 came during the trustees’ quarterly meeting Friday, June 3.
The Board of Visitors, established by the trustees in 2014, is designed to function as an advisory body to the university’s chancellor. Members of the Board of Visitors serve as advocates and ambassadors for WCU; promote and advance the mission, vision and strategic plan of the university; make WCU a philanthropic priority; and provide the chancellor and the Board of Trustees with advice and counsel on issues that are critical to the institution’s strategic interests.
The Board of Visitors consists of up to 30 members elected by the trustees, along with five ex officio members – the chair of the Board of Trustees, the immediate past chair of the trustees, the chancellor, the president of the WCU Alumni Association and the chair of the Board of Directors of the Western Carolina University Foundation.
Each class of visitors serves initial terms of three years. Members of the Board of Visitors class of 2016 are:
* Terry M. Fortner, vice president of corporate sales for LKQ Corp., an international auto parts distribution company. A native of Bryson City and resident of Dahlonega, Georgia, Fortner earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at WCU in 1977.
* Jackie Grant, a partner with the law firm of Roberts & Stevens in Asheville. Formerly president of the 28th Judicial District Bar Association in Buncombe County, Grant is a 1992 graduate of WCU with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
* Keyonna Hornbuckle, tribal liaison for the Tribal Gaming Enterprise Board of Advisers in Cherokee. An employee of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for five years, she is working toward a master’s degree through WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.
* Barbara Hyde, a former school teacher, children’s wear company employee and staff member in the governor’s administration in Louisiana. Hyde is a resident of Sapphire and is active in community organizations in Cashiers.
* Fran Johnson, retired director of hospitality and senior business development executive for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina. A resident of Mills River, Johnson is incoming president of LIFE@WesternCarolina, WCU’s lifelong learning series.
* John S. Martin, senior vice president and financial adviser at CAPTRUST in Raleigh. A 1990 graduate of WCU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and law, Martin was a four-year letterman and captain of WCU’s football team.
* Clay Poindexter, founder, president and general manager of VERSA Technologies Inc., a telecommunications industry company. A 1982 graduate of WCU with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, Poindexter is a native of Winston-Salem.
* Bob Roberts, regional executive vice president for First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. in Asheville. Roberts is currently chairman of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and immediate past chairman of the Mission Healthcare System.
* Jeff Tomberlin, program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Tomberlin in a 1981 graduate of WCU with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
* Ann Treadaway, director of sales and innovation at Essentra, an international supplier of plastic, fiber, foam and packaging products. A resident of Clemmons, Treadaway earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from WCU in 1983.
In addition to the 10 members of the Board of Visitors class of 2016, the trustees also appointed two new members to fill the unexpired terms of Donna Winbon and Rebecca Schlosser, who recently were named to the WCU Foundation board. Holding one-year appointments:
* Sarah Nunez, assistant director for the Cultural Center’s Hispanic and Latino initiatives at the University of Louisville. A native of Colombia, Nunez earned her master’s degree in public affairs at WCU in 2010.
* Romie Patel, financial adviser with Prudential Financial. A native of North Carolina who currently resides in Florida, Patel earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and law in 2011 at WCU, where he also worked as assistant director of admissions.