The North Carolina House appointed six members of the UNC Board of Governors to four-year terms Wednesday after a paper ballot election and a vote affirming the results of the election.
The six members joining the board are Kellie Hunt Blue, Robert P. Bryan III, Carolyn Lloyd Coward, Leo Daughtry, Wendy Murphy and Roderick Doyle Parrish.
Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released a statement following the appointments.
“I am excited for these outstanding individuals to serve on the UNC Board of Governors and continue to improve our world-class higher education system,” he said. “Thank you to all of the members, candidates and stakeholders who contributed immensely important input to this process of selecting the officials who oversee our universities, faculty and students statewide.”
Blue currently serves as the director of finance for Robeson County and has served in that role since 2001. Blue is a resident of Robeson County and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Bryan is a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and currently is a senior vice president at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. He resides in Mecklenburg County.
Coward is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and is active in her community and is a partner at the law firm of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis. Coward resides in Buncombe County.
Daughtry is also a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, as well as a businessman and attorney. He resides in Johnston County.
Murphy previously served as chair of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) Board of Trustees and is a graduate of UNCW. She resides in Duplin County.
Parrish is a current member of the UNC Board of Governors and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He cofounded Summit Hospitality Group in Raleigh and resides in Wake County.