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CHAIR: A. Hope Williams
President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Chief Operating Officer, Astute Solutions
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Duke University
President, North Carolina Community College System
Associate Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University
Dr. Peter J. Kragel
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
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
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn
Assistant Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Vice President for IT and CIO, UNC System Office
President/CEO of Roanoke Electric Coop
Ray is the Chief Operating Officer at Astute Solutions, a private software company that helps the world's largest brands communicate and engage with their customers. Ray joined the company after it was acquired by private equity firm Rubicon Technology Partners. Prior to Astute, Ray was the CEO of NeoNova Networks, a spin-out of Nortel Networks that was later acquired by the National Rural Telecom Cooperative. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at SlideRocket and Credit Suisse First Boston. He has also been a partner at Azure Capital since 2001.
A graduate of Stanford University, he brings with him a long history of driving strategic direction for technology and service companies. Ray draws upon his passion for customer service, accountability, and organizational excellence to drive great outcomes for customers, employees and all stakeholders. An NCAA champion butter-flyer, Ray also represented the USA in the 1996 Olympic Games.
Ray Chairs the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, NC and is on the board of Locally World Famous Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere Massachusetts. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Beth and two children, Edward and Kathryn.
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.
Peter Hans became the ninth president of the North Carolina Community College System on May 1, 2018, bringing decades of leadership experience in higher education policy and governance to the position.
Hans has been a leader on North Carolina’s two governing boards for higher education. The N.C. House of Representatives elected him to a six-year term on the State Board of Community Colleges in 1997. He served as vice chair of the board and chair of the Policy Committee.
The N.C. Senate elected Hans to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and he led that board as chair from 2012-2014.
He was honored by UNC-Wilmington in 2014 for his role in improving collaboration between the community college and university systems.
From 2016-2018, Hans advised UNC System President Margaret Spellings on issues such as technology, health care, strategic planning and K-12 education.
Hans’ career also includes serving as senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth (1995-1999) and then-U.S. Rep. Richard Burr (1999-2001). He also advised Elizabeth Dole during her successful run for U.S. Senate in 2001-2002.
Later, Hans and former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker built a government relations practice at a series of regional law firms, most recently Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. The team counseled private-sector companies on public affairs, including clients in the health care, technology, retail and manufacturing sectors.
Hans grew up in Southport on the coast and Hendersonville in the mountains. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies from Harvard University.
He is a trustee of Rex Hospital and a member of the International Advisory Board of public relations firm APCO Worldwide. He is a former board member for Urban Ministries of Wake County, where he co-chaired a $5.5 million capital campaign.
As Associate Vice Chancellor at North Carolina State University, Dennis is responsible for Centennial Campus Partnerships and Economic Development. He also has an appointment in the College of Engineering.
Previously in 2015, he led the launch of NC State’s “Power America” National Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on advanced power electronics.
As a former IBM career executive, he led development of the first NYSE floor trading system as well as disruptive products associated with point-of-sale, bar code scanners, keyboards and networking infrastructure.
His BSEE is from Clemson with graduate studies at Syracuse, NC State and UCLA. A registered Engineer in New York and North Carolina he holds 8 Patents with numerous awards for inventions, technical achievements and management excellence.
As past president of the Clemson Alumni Association he received Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999, and received the 2016 Association of University Research Parks Leadership Award.
In 2008 he co-founded ImagineOptix Corporation to commercialize NC State optical technologies and is board chair. He also serves on the boards for the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) and in 2019 was appointed to the MCNC Board.
He and his wife Joyce reside in Raleigh, NC.
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.
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.
Ajit Sivadasan manages the Global Web strategy for Lenovo across 90+ countries. In his role he manages Lenovo's substantial online sales and marketing across its B2C and B2B channels globally. Over the last 12 years he has architected and built Lenovo's web capabilities working with an internal team spread across 15+ countries, growing the business over 6x and profits by over 10x. Lenovo.com has won several awards for Usability and Design globally.
Ajit holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from India, a MS in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from Claremont Graduate University's Peter F. Drucker School of Management.
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn is the Assistant Director for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. In this position, Joy is responsible for managing All For NC: ZSR's Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. She also leads the Foundation's Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy. A native North Carolinian, and a graduate of a North Carolina public school, Joy joined the Foundation in 1998. In her time at ZSR, she has worked across all aspects of the Foundation and has led ZSR’s strategic planning processes.
Prior to starting work with the Foundation, Joy completed internships in the NC Governor’s Office and The White House. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Steering Committee of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and was a founding member of the boards of the NC Network of Grantmakers, NC Center for Afterschool Programs, and NC Civic Education Consortium. Joy received a bachelor's degree in Politics from Wake Forest University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Kennedy School named her a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for her academic achievement and contributions. Joy is the mother of two spirited children. She and her family reside in Winston-Salem.
Keith Werner was appointed as the new Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) and Chief Information Officer for the UNC System Office in 2018. Mr. Werner oversees information technology policy and standards, information security, enterprise business systems, applications development, information technology infrastructure and operations, networking and communications, and software licensing. Mr. Werner also focuses on system-wide coordination and monitoring of constituent institution activities related to information technology.
Prior to his position at the UNC System Office, Mr. Werner worked for Ernst & Young as its public sector leader for North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Werner also served as the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and first Cabinet Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) where he led all technology solutions for state agencies and citizens and directed organizational operations and change management to modernize how core business needs were supported. He has also held leadership roles as the Deputy State CIO and the CIO for the NC Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR).
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.
Curtis Wynn has led Roanoke Electric Cooperative and its affiliate organizations since 1997 as their President and Chief Executive Officer. Curtis previously served as V.P., Member Services, Information Technology, Marketing, and Economic Development at West Florida Electric Cooperative located in Florida’s panhandle.
Serving 14,500 member accounts in Northeastern NC, Roanoke Electric Cooperative has advanced technologically and operationally to increase its operating efficiency and improve member-owner (customer) satisfaction.
Because of its demonstrated operational results, REC has been twice named the recipient of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s prestigious Community Service Network Award. More recently Roanoke Electric Cooperative received three highly prestigious industry-related honors:
- The William F. Matson Democracy Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments and service to electric co-ops through political action, political education and participation.
- Palladium Group Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy induction in recognition of its organizational performance and breakthrough results.
- 2017 J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award through the electric cooperative industry’s Spotlight on Excellence Awards program recognizing REC’s extensive communications efforts and success.
With the goal of improving the quality of life in its economically distressed region, in 2000, the cooperative established a non-profit 501c3 subsidiary, The Roanoke Center. The subsidiary has raised over $10 million from governmental and philanthropic entities to support community and economic development throughout its service region.
Curtis holds a BS Degree, Business Administration & Management Information Systems from Troy University.