McCrory names Ann Goodnight, Robert Andrews as N.C. State University trustees

Image credit: Suzie Tremmel

Image credit: Suzie Tremmel

RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory announced two new trustees for North Carolina State University today, Ann Goodnight and Robert “Chip” Andrews, both of Wake County.

Goodnight is the Director of Community Relations at SAS and the wife of SAS founder and billionaire Jim Goodnight. A member of the UNC Board of Governors until later this year, Goodnight, a Republican, has previously served as a trustee for N.C. State.

Still, this appointment may represent something of a rapprochement between the governor and Goodnight. In 2013, she wrote a letter to the editor of McClatchy’s News and Observer decrying what she called the state’s “glaring lack of support for public education.” When asked about her criticism, a New York Times columnist reported that McCrory dismissed it, saying she was a Democrat. (As noted, Goodnight is a registered Republican, although she has voted in both Democratic and Republican primaries.)

Chip Andrews, McCrory’s other appointment, is the former chairman and CEO for the FMI Corporation in Raleigh, a company that management consulting to the engineering and construction industries. Andrews graduated from N.C. State with an economics degree, according to the governor’s office.