MCNC ushers in new era of leadership

12 Days of Broadband - Day 4On the fourth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we highlight new members of the MCNC Board of Directors appointed this year by the governor and a new board chair.

MCNC Board of Directors

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appointed two community leaders to the MCNC Board of Directors in February, and Dr. A. Hope Williams was then named the new board chair for 2019.

Gov. Cooper appointed the following individuals to the MCNC Board of Directors:

Ajit Sivadasan as a member at-large. Sivadasan is vice president and general manager of Global eCommerce, Digital Marketing and Platform at Lenovo, where he manages the global web strategy across more than 90 countries. Additionally, he is a member of the Industry Advisory Council at the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School.

Joy Vermillion Heinsohn as a member at-large. Heinsohn is the assistant director for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission and is a founding board member of the NC Network of Grantmakers.

"High-speed Internet is a basic requirement of being a productive citizen in the 21st century, and MCNC has a modern approach to making North Carolina the most connected state in the country," said Sivadasan. "MCNC is committed to bringing connectivity levels in North Carolina to all-time highs, and I'm proud to now share in this commitment to help steer innovation and economic development to benefit our communities," added Vermillion Heinsohn.

The MCNC Board of Directors primarily engages with business leaders in education and technology arenas. Dr. Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), has been named chair of the board.

"MCNC exists for the benefit of North Carolina and is one of our state's greatest assets,” added Dr. Williams. “MCNC is comprised of talented people who place a high value on customer service. I am honored to be part of such a customer-focused organization and one that is dedicated to being North Carolina’s partner for great ideas and state-of-the-art technology.”

View the full list of the MCNC Board of Directors.

MCNC Advisory Council

Finally, the 15-member MCNC Advisory Council (MAC), which is comprised of technology leaders who provide strategic guidance to the MCNC Board of Directors, is chaired by Tracy Doaks, Deputy State CIO and Chief Services Officer at the N.C. Department of Information Technology. New to the MAC this year is J. Michael Barker, Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO at UNC Chapel Hill.

View the full list of members of the MAC.