RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced the appointment of seven people to boards that oversee higher education institutions in the state. Appointed were business and educational leaders from Columbus, Duplin, Iredell, Jones, Randolph and Richmond counties as well as New York City.
Anna Folwell of New York City was appointed to the board of trustees of University of North Carolina School of the Arts. According to the news release, Folwell is an Executive Project Manager for the Home Team Sports Division at Fox Sports. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John T. Phillips Jr. of Duplin County was appointed as a trustee of James Sprunt Community College. Phillips is the Director of Purchasing and Warehouse Logotics for Smithfield Foods, with the responsibility for sourcing and delivering vaccines, medications and supplies to farming operations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia over the last 19 years. He is a Duplin County native and attended James Sprunt Community College.
Jeff VunCannon of Richmond County will serve on the Richmond Community College Board of Trustees. VunCannon is the manager and treasurer of EE VunCannon, Inc., a farm and garden supply shop and Carhartt dealer. VunCannon is an N.C. State University graduate in integrated pest management.
Brenden Jones of Columbus County has been appointed as a trustee of Southeastern Community College. Jones is the owner of Ready Paint and Body LLC and Ready Motors Inc. in Tabor City. Additionally, Jones has been active within the community through such efforts as serving on the county board of elections, and as a deacon in his church.
Bonnie Renfro of Randolph County will serve on the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees. Renfro has been the President of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation since 1999. She has earned degrees from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.
Frank Emory of Jones County and John Dodson Iredell County have been appointed to the State Board of Proprietary Schools.
Emory owns a construction company in Jones County where he serves as a county commissioner. Additionally, he serves on the Lenoir Community College Advisory Board, East Carolina Workforce Development Board, and is Chairman of the Jones County Health Board.
Dodson is vice president of NASCAR and community relations for Universal Technical Institute of which the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville is a campus. Dodson has served as an advisory member to this board since 2012.