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Harvey N. Walker Jr,

Mr. Harvey N. Walker Jr., Chairman

Mr. Harvey N. Walker, Jr. serves as Mayor Pro-Tem of Morehead City, and the CEO of Coastal Carolina Industries. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University. His term will expire in 2017.

Vonner G. Horton

Vonner G. Horton, Vice Chairman
Oxley Hill Baptist Church
Merryhill, N.C.

Vonner G. Horton is the Senior Pastor of Oxley Hill Baptist Church, Merry Hill, N.C. She has served on the Elizabeth City State University's Foundation Board in the office of Secretary; Faith Partnerships, Inc. Board of Directors and a governor's appointee to the North Carolina Commission of Volunteerism and Community Support.

Jimmy T. Tate Jimmy T. Tate, Secretary

Dr. Jimmy Tate serves as the Associate Vice President, James Sprunt Community College, Kenansville, N.C. He also serves as a Commissioner for Pender County. He received a B.A. degree and M.A. degree from UNC Wilmington and a Doctor of Humanities from Apex School of Theology. He has also studied at North Carolina State University (certificate). Fayetteville State University and Shaw University Divinity School (graduate studies).

Andy Hartsfield Jacob A. Hartsfield, IV
Alexandria, VA

Andy Hartsfield is a retired Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for GlaxoSmithKline. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President, Public Policy, Sanofi. Hartsfield earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree in 1980 from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Norma James Norma James
Taylor Mueller Real Estate
Elizabeth City, NC

Ms. James is a 1988 graduate of ECSU with a degree in Basic Business Education. She is currently the Broker in Charge at Taylor Mueller Realty and serves on several boards. She is currently the President of the Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity. In 2007, she was named REALTOR of the Year by the Albemarle Area Association of REALTORS. Mrs. James will complete her first four-year term in 2011.

Joseph T. Jenkins

Dr. Joseph T. Jenkins
General Surgeon, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Dr. Joseph T. Jenkins is a surgeon in Elizabeth City, N.C., Carolina Surgical Care. He completed his residency in 2003 at UNC Chapel Hill. He serves on the Elizabeth City Boys Club Board, the Pals Board and serves on the Vision 2020 task force out of the Mayor's office. He attended UNC Chapel Hill where he received his B.A. and M.D. degrees.

Paul Norman

Dr. Paul Norman

Dr. Paul Norman is a 1981 graduate of ECSU and a retired educator. He also served as a former president of the National Alumni Association (ECSU). He was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors and his term expires in 2017.

Abdul S. Rasheed

Abdul S. Rasheed

Raleigh, NC

Mr. Rasheed is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University. He earned a MS degree from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a Med from Trenton State College. His civic activities include Chair, Advisory Committee for the Richmond Federal Reserve; Chair, Advisory Committee, Atlanta Federal Home Loan Bank; Member, NCSU - Institute of Emerging Issues; Vice Chair, Center for Leadership Innovation; Member, Kerr - Tar Regional Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Rasheed retired as the CEO of N.C. Community Development Initiative located in Raleigh, N.C.

McKinley Strother

McKinley Strother

Mr. McKinley Strother, 2014 -2015 Student Government Association president, will be installed during the September 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.

Tracy Swain

Tracy Swain

Mr. Tracy Swain is President of Swain & Temple, Inc., located in South Mills, N.C. He is a governor's appointee whose term will expire in 2017.

Virginia Tillett

Ms. Virginia Tillett


Ms. Virginia Tillett, a retired educator and a 1989 graduate of ECSU, was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors. Her term will expire in 2017. She serves on the Dare County Commission and is an advisory member of the Dare County Credit Union.

Julius Walker

Mr. Julius Walker, Jr.
Retired Superintendent of Schools
Roper, N.C.

Mr. Walker is a 1967 graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Intermediate Education. Mr. Walker's career included serving as an Elementary School Principal, High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Operations and he retired as the Superintendent of Schools (Washington County), Plymouth, N.C. Mr. Walker is a Board of Governors appointee to the Board of Trustees.

Fred Yates

Mayor Fred Yates
Mayor of Winfall, N.C

Mayor Fred Yates is a former member of the ECSU Foundation Board, Board of Trustees and a Trustee Emeritus.