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Gail Weaver Bunn, Gerry House, William A. Shore, Zollie Stevenson, Jr. elected to Foundation Board

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Gail Weaver Bunn

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Gerry House


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William A. Shore


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Zollie Stevenson, Jr.

Four new directors have been elected to the Board of Directors of the School of Education Foundation, Inc. They are:

  • Gail Weaver Bunn (A.B.Ed. ’72), a retired banking executive and former early childhood educator. After teaching elementary school for five years, she earned a B.A. in business administration from UNC-Charlotte and embarked on a 19-year career with Bank of America. During her years in corporate banking, she helped develop two preschools serving inner-city neighborhoods in Charlotte. After retiring from banking, she returned to her passion for early childhood education, tutoring in public schools in Charlotte, N.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. She now serves as a tutor in the Charleston, S.C., public schools and is a trustee for The Crossnore School in Crossnore, N.C.
  • Gerry House (Ed.D. ’88), president and CEO of the Institute for Student Achievement, an organization in New York that works to improve the quality of education for at-risk students. Previously she was a superintendent of schools for 15 years in Chapel Hill, N.C .and Memphis, Tenn. In 1999, she was named the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. She serves on many national boards including the Educational Testing Service, the Harvard Change Leadership Group and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
  • William A. Shore, director of U.S. community partnerships for GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical and healthcare company in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He has helped make the company a national corporate leader in volunteerism and community involvement. Shore is the honorary co-chair of the Ronald McDonald House’s $150-million Campaign in Durham, N.C., and serves on the board of directors for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health in New York, the N.C. Business Committee for Education and the N.C. Public School Forum. A member of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Class of 1971, he completed his B.S. degree in business administration at Campbell University and was later awarded an honorary doctorate from Campbell.
  • Zollie Stevenson, Jr. (Ph.D. ’84), director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the administration of more than $15 billion annually in Title I and Title III formula grants to promote improved achievement in schools that serve low-income children and English Language Learners. Previously he served as the research director for both the Charlotte/Mecklenburg and District of Columbia public school systems. He was recently awarded the 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Education Assessment award by the National Association of Test Directors.

The new directors join eight continuing directors:

  • Robert Wendell Eaves, Jr., a businessman and accountant who is majority owner of the Right Stuff Food Stores, former CEO of Globe Oil, and currently serving as North Carolina’s First Gentleman, residing in Raleigh, N.C.;
  • Hulene Hill, a retired certified public accountant, former vice president of Steward Ingram Cooper and former partner with Deloitte & Touche, from Chapel Hill;
  • Luther Hartwell Hodges, a commercial banker, president of Phoenix Associates, Inc., former deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and former chairman of the Board of North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America), from Chapel Hill, N.C.;  
  • Robena “Ben” Kendrick Hussman, a former businesswoman and advocate for educational reform from Little Rock, Ark.;
  • Harold Lillard Kennedy III, an attorney and partner with the firm Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy & Kennedy in Winston-Salem, N.C.;
  • Thomas Willis Lambeth, former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and current senior fellow at the ZSR Foundation, from Winston-Salem, N.C.;
  • Malbert Smith, president and chief executive officer of MetaMetrics Inc. in Durham, N.C.; and
  • Clarence York, an educational consultant specializing in developmental disabilities from New York City.  

In addition, seven people serve as ex-officio members of the Board by virtue of the positions they hold. They are:

  • Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education;
  • Elizabeth “Eliz” Mary Colbert, president of the Alumni Council of the School of Education;
  • Robert Hornketh Bellamy, president elect of the Alumni Council of the School of Education;
  • Jill Fitzgerald, senior associate dean of the School of Education;
  • Wendy Gratz Borman, assistant dean for external relations of the School of Education;
  • John Plummer, assistant dean for administration and finance of the School of Education;
  • Laurie Jane Norman, director of alumni relations of the School of Education.

The Board welcomed the newly elected members at its meeting on May 21, 2010, in Chapel Hill. The Board meets at least twice a year to advise the dean on broad goals and future direction of the School.

Dean McDiarmid serves as president and CEO of the Foundation Board. Malbert Smith is the current vice president, and Hulene Hill is serving as secretary/treasurer.    

A key responsibility of the Board is to oversee the management and disbursement of the endowment and trust funds of the Foundation. The School’s endowment assets are invested through the University of North Carolina Management Co. Inc. 

In addition, the Board serves in an advocacy role for the School of Education. Board members communicate the School’s priorities, activities and accomplishments to others. They also serve as liaisons with organizations and individuals with whom the School may collaborate.

The Foundation Board also assists in strengthening the School’s financial base by helping to secure private contributions for support of scholarships, fellowships, professorships and priority initiatives.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of members with diverse backgrounds. They are passionate about furthering the momentum of our School on several strategic fronts,” said Wendy Gratz Borman, executive director of the Foundation Board and assistant dean for external relations of the School of Education. “To increase our leadership and partnership in North Carolina and beyond, we need to be excellent stewards of our current resources and secure an infusion of capital that will help transform education.”