Board of Directors
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CHAIR: Tom Rabon
Chairman and Partner, New Kind
VICE CHAIR: Anthony M. Copeland
Partner, Williams Mullen
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Duke University
Donald A. Haile
Dr. Peter J. Kragel
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Vice President for Information Resources and CIO
Vice Chancellor for Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mr. Charles Maimone
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Chief Information Officer, NC Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Joe B. Whitehead
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, North Carolina A&T State University
A. Hope Williams
President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Dr. James Williamson
President, NC Community College System
Tom Rabon became Chairman of the MCNC Board of Directors in June 2012. Tom brings more than 25 years of experience working in government and the private sector. He has worked extensively with governments around the world to create market opportunities in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. Rabon served as vice president of Global Public Affairs at Lucent Technologies for six years. In that capacity, he led a team of public affairs professionals in the US and the rest of the world who were responsible for representation of Lucent with all local, state, federal, and international governments.
Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a state vice president of Law and Government Affairs at AT&T where he was responsible for all industry, regulatory and legislative affairs in North Carolina. For the past eight years he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Red Hat and in that capacity led the company’s government relations and corporate citizenship activities around the world. He retired from Red Hat in October 2010. He currently serves as Chairman and Partner of New Kind.
Among his many awards and honors, he received the Razor Walker Award for Outstanding Public Service to North Carolina and co-founded Open Source for America. Rabon also served three terms as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. He received a BA in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has completed various executive management programs including the Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has served on various Boards of Directors including the NC Technology Association and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is married to Susan Warren Rabon and they have a 14 year old son, John Robert.
Anthony (Tony) Copeland
Anthony (Tony) Copeland, an attorney, leads A.M. Copeland Associates which specializes in strategic business development, tax and regulatory issues, and site selection. Before founding A.M. Copeland Associates, he served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the State of North Carolina for Business Industry and International Trade leading the recruitment of nearly $12 billion in investment and the creation of 100,000 jobs. In this capacity, he worked with numerous international companies in China, Japan, Europe, South Korea and Israel, as well as a variety of domestic companies.
From 1992 to 2003, he served as executive vice president and general counsel of BTI, a competitive telecommunications company, where he led the senior executive team that grew the company's growth from $38 million in annual revenues to more the $250 million and secured more the $500 million in debt and equity financing and planned, financed and installed more than 5,000 miles of fiber optic cable in the Carolinas and along the eastern seaboard.He is a graduate of Duke University, T. Cooley Law School and has completed studies at Magdalen College, Oxford University and Harvard University's J.F Kennedy School of Government.
Edward T. (Ed) Carney held Senior management roles at Cisco Systems for 15 years before retiring in May 2012. Ed’s Cisco career was highlighted by the building and leadership of several high performance engineering teams. His Cisco career ended as he launched the Enhanced Customer Aligned Testing Services (eCATS) organization in Customer Advocacy from which he retired. eCATS unifies test engineering and architecture experts into a single team focused on working in tandem with Cisco and Enterprise Customer organizations to design validated Cisco solutions. These solutions improve the deployment success of Cisco products, services and architectures for the Company's most strategic global Enterprise Customers through a joint Cisco-Customer model that is foundational to the Company's next generation Enterprise Customer relationship.
Among the ancillary responsibilities Ed held within Cisco is his role on the Architecture Board of the Company's Enterprise Business Council – one of eleven corporate councils tasked with leading successful business change in line with the Company's key global strategies. He was also a Cisco Fellow with MCNC – an independent, nationally recognized U.S. non-profit that uses advanced technologies and systems to improve learning and collaboration throughout the state's research and education communities.
Ed joined Cisco in 1997, moving to Customer Advocacy in March 2008. Through February 2008 he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Company's Government Systems division, customizing commercial products, services and service delivery for global Government Customers' land, maritime, aviation and space requirements. Ed has also evolved engineering organizations, building Cisco's premier Systems and Test Engineering organization, policies and processes.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ed held a number of management roles during a 15-year career with IBM. Among these were his role in Europe as Director of Engineering and Operations of the Global Network division and a number of key engineering management positions in the U.S. for the Network Hardware division.
Currently, Carney serves or has served on the boards of several organizations throughout the North Carolina community, including: Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina; Industrial Advisory Board for NC State University's College of Engineering; Board of Directors for the NC Chamber; Board of Directors for the NC Defense and Security Technology Accelerator; the Board of the National Veterans Freedom Park; and the Advisory Board of the Eisenhower Fellowship.
Ed holds a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
Tracy Futhey, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer is responsible for effective management and use of information technology resources. As Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Duke University since 2002, Tracy Futhey has presided over Duke's rise as a national leader in higher education information technology. Through programs such as the Duke Digital Initiative and its inventive use of iPods and iTunes in higher education, she has become a recognized leader in enlisting commercial technologies to create and disseminate digital course materials.
Futhey also has been the engine behind a new generation of computing capabilities across campus as well as regionally and nationally. She led the creation of the nation's first national research and education optical network, as founding chair of the National LambdaRail from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, she championed deployment of the most extensive campus-wide installation of next-generation, 802.11n wireless technologies.
Futhey has also proved innovative in technology collaboration and leadership, from devising new approaches for supporting shared computing research facilities on campus to designing a new global IT infrastructure supporting Duke's international expansion.
Before Duke, Futhey spent 17 years at Carnegie Mellon, where her career spanned the range of IT, from computer consultant to CIO. As CIO, she gained a reputation as a well-rounded leader, having overseen major projects in wireless, mobile, and location-based computing.
Futhey is a past board member of Internet2 and an active member of numerous regional and national higher education organizations. She also serves on various industry advisory councils for Fortune 100 technology companies. She holds a B.S. in mathematics with a computer science concentration and a M.S. in industrial administration, both from Carnegie Mellon.
Donald A. Haile
Don Haile is the retired Senior Vice President and Site General Manager for the North Carolina facilities of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No.1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm.
Mr. Haile served as Fidelity Investments’ Chief Information Officer, responsible for computer operations, the global communications networks, and enterprise-wide applications support and development. In that position he reported to Fidelity’s Chairman, Edward C. Johnson from 2001 to October 2005. Haile joined Fidelity in 1998 as executive vice president of Enterprise Solutions responsible for the worldwide development and maintenance of infrastructure and application products that support the processing needs of Fidelity.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Haile spent 34 years with IBM where he held various executive positions in hardware and software development, with responsibilities for telecommunications, systems management, and IBM operating systems.
Dr. Peter Kragel
Peter Kragel, MD, received his baccalaureate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his MD from Georgetown University. He completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Hospital, and is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Kragel served four years in the Navy at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University and Chief of Service for Vidant Medical Center. He is a member of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and as the Association's elected member-at-large, sits on the APC Council and chairs its Fellowship Directors Committee.
He has over twenty years experience as a department chair, and served as Interim Dean of the ECU Brody School of Medicine from January 2001 through October 2003. Doctor Kragel maintains an active surgical pathology practice, and is a member of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and other professional organizations.
John Leydon assumed the position of Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of North Carolina system on August 1, 2008. Prior to joining UNC, John held the position of Executive Director, Information Technology and CIO at the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). His duties and responsibilities at USNH were quite similar to those he now has but the challenge of coordinating the information technology services for one of this country’s premier university systems was an attractive inducement to join UNC.
In addition to several years of experience at USNH, John has held a variety of CIO positions in higher education. He served as a consultant to higher education for over 20 years and performed interim CIO roles for the Massachusetts State College System, the University of New Hampshire (Durham), Mount Holyoke College, Bowdoin College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Saint Leo University. His first higher education CIO position was as an Assistant Vice President of the University System of Massachusetts.
He was a senior information technology executive in private industry as the Vice President, Management Systems and Services for Monarch Life Insurance Company. John holds both a BA in Economics and an MBA in Executive Management from American International College in his hometown of Springfield, MA. He now lives in Durham NC with Betty, his wife of 15 years who recently retired as the Vice President of Information Technology and CIO of Princeton University.
Dr. Magnuson was recruited to Carolina in 2000 as founding chair of the Department of Genetics and Director of the newly established Carolina Center for Genome Sciences. He also created the Cancer Genetics Program in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was appointed Vice Dean for Research in the School of Medicine in July 2010 and has been selected to be the next Vice Chancellor for Research for UNC Chapel Hill (July 2016).
A founding member of the International Mammalian Genome Society, Dr. Magnuson also served on the external advisory committee for the Mouse Genome Database at the Jackson Laboratory and was Chair of the Jackson Laboratory Board of Scientific Overseers. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Developmental Biology, and the Genetics Society of America. He was appointed by the National Academies to the committee that wrote guidelines for work with human embryonic stem cells, and also served as vice chair of an Institute of Medicine committee evaluating the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee reviewing the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee as well as serving on the Committee on the State of Science in Ovarian Cancer Research.
Currently, he is a member of the NIH stem cell working group, the NIH Council of Councils and the NIH Precision Medicine Advisory Panel. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the AAAS, and to the National Academy of Medicine. He is a Senior Editor for Genetics and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science Signaling. The work in the Magnuson lab focuses on the role of mammalian genes in unique epigenetic phenomena such as genomic imprinting, X-chromosome inactivation and stem cell pluripotency. The lab also studies the tumor suppressor role of chromatin remodeling complexes and has developed a novel mouse model for ovarian clear cell carcinoma. Dr. Magnuson received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF.
Charles A. Maimone became vice chancellor for business affairs and chief financial officer at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), effective August 1, 2014. Maimone oversees financial services, human resources, facilities operations, university police and emergency management, campus enterprises, planning and performance, institutional risk management and foundation finance.
Maimone previously served as the vice chancellor for business affairs and chief financial officer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), where he led a variety of campus-wide initiatives, including the development and implementation of shared services, analytics, unified budget processes, alternative distance education business models and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining UNCW, Maimone held several key leadership positions with The College of William and Mary, including associate vice president for administration and director of auxiliary services. In addition, earlier in his career he served in auxiliary services, housing and food services and residence life at UNCW, as well as residence hall-related roles with Miami University and Kent State University, both in Ohio.
Maimone received his B.A. in sociology and M.A. in education from Kent State University and an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary.
Michael A. Nicolaides is the Chief Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Before joining NCDPI in March 2014, he served as Virginia Beach City Public Schools' technology director where for the last decade he led a large team of IT professionals in maintaining, supporting and enhancing the entire IT infrastructure for the school district that served 87,000 users. In addition, he led the implementation of enterprise application systems such as student information, instructional improvement, content and collaboration, and HR-Payroll systems.
Prior to that he was vice president for Information Systems for Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network in Cyprus and Rome, Italy. Nicolaides is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds two bachelor of science degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Electrical Engineering, and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Joe B. Whitehead
Dr. Joe. B. Whitehead Jr. is the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and brings more than 24 years of experience in the field of higher education.
As the chief academic officer, Dr. Whitehead oversees all academic programs — undergraduate, graduate, distance learning and continuing education. The provost leads the Division of Academic Affairs and plays a critical role in strategic planning — working with the chancellor and other senior administrative officers to ensure the ongoing success of this historic institution and our students. Dr. Whitehead is currently leading the academic restructuring of North Carolina A&T State University’s academic schools/colleges.
Dr. Whitehead has a distinguished career in higher education as a professor, researcher and administrator. He served as dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi where he worked to increase multi-disciplinary research opportunities through targeted research initiatives that had a global impact. Prior to his appointment as dean at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Whitehead served as the interim dean and associate dean in the College of Science and Technology. He also chaired the department of physics and astronomy. Dr. Whitehead held the position of professor of physics and astronomy and professor of chemistry and biochemistry since 2007. He has contributed to a surplus of scholarly publications and presentations.
Dr. Whitehead serves on several boards: Guilford Merchants Association (GMA) Board of Directors; Go Global NC Board of Directors; MCNC Board of Directors; North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Board of Trustees. He serves as the Principal Investigator for the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) and the ADVANCE IT. ADVANCE IT is designed to address the systemic underrepresentation of women in the professoriate.
Dr. Whitehead earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Delta State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Kent State University. He has received countless awards, honors and recognitions throughout his career for his academic achievements and service including the Kent State University New Millennium Award, the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame and the Picayune Memorial School District Academic Hall of Fame.
A. Hope Williams
Dr. A. Hope Williams is president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, NCICU, the statewide advocacy and public policy organization of the 36 independent (private, non-profit) colleges and universities in the state and which raises corporate and foundation funds for student scholarships and programs. She has been president of NCICU since 1992.
Dr. Williams serves on the Governor’s Education Cabinet, is Presiding Officer for State Funds Network of the Council of Independent Colleges and has served as chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives and as a member of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named the 1999 Distinguished Woman of North Carolina in Education, one of the top 25 Women in Business in 2001 by The Business Journal, a Woman Extraordinaire in 2005 by Business Leader Magazine and a Woman of Achievement by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina in 2007.
She has served as president of the North Carolina Adult Education Association and of the North Carolina Association of Institutional Researchers. She serves on the boards of the College Foundation, Incorporated; MCNC; and on the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Emerging Issues. She and her husband, Tom Bersuder, are the parents of two sons.
Dr. James Williamson
Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson became the eighth president of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) on July 1, 2016. He brings extensive experience as a leader, innovator and proponent of community colleges along with a background steeped in business, economic development, workforce development and community service.
Before assuming the role at NCCCS, he served two years as President and CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System, where the highlights of his tenure included working with South Carolina university partners to smooth transfer pathways, chairing a special Senate proviso committee to develop a comprehensive workforce development strategy to help close the skills gap, and working with companies such as Volvo, Michelin, Continental, BMW and more on industry-specific worker training. Additionally, he has been at the helm of South Carolina’s nationally recognized apprenticeship program and was named State Employee of The Year by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils in 2015.
His insight into workforce development is informed by both his 20 years in the SC technical system – rising through roles from registrar to dean to two college presidencies and then to System President – and by his six years in a leadership position with Agapé Senior, a healthcare-related industry in South Carolina. While serving in the private sector, Dr. Williamson was honored by ASHHRA with the inaugural Gary Willis Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and innovation as a healthcare human resources professional.
Dr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Winthrop University, as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. A long-time Rotarian, Dr. Williamson served as District Governor of Rotary District 7770 in 2014-15. His community involvement includes having served as board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and as a member of various economic development boards. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Chesterfield County School Board and the Winthrop University Board of Trustees. He has been honored by Winthrop University with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award as well as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (first awarded as an undergraduate, then as an Alumnus). Additionally, he was named “Citizen of the Year” from the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce.