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August 22, 2001
UNC Asheville Board of Trustees Gains New Members, Elects Officers
The UNCA Board of Trustees gained four new members at the start of its regular quarterly meeting August 21-22.
The new board members are: Leslie Bevacqua, of Raleigh, vice president of governmental affairs with the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry; Janice Brumit, of Asheville, area business and civic leader and immediate past chair of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Alfred Whitesides, of Asheville, community leader and vice president of First Union National Bank; and Julie Shaddix, a senior history major from Raleigh, who serves exofficio, having been elected president of UNCA’s Student Government for 2001-02.
Superior Court Judge Dennis Winner administered the oath of office to the new trustees.
Bevacqua, appointed by the governor, was statewide campaign director for last fall’s successful campaign on behalf of the $3.1 billion university and community college bond issue. In 2000, Bevacqua was ranked seventh in the Center for Public Policy Research’s listing of the 50 most effective lobbyists in the state.
Brumit, appointed by the governor, is active in a number of civic organizations, including Asheville Buncombe Partnership for Children, Western Carolina Community Foundation, Quality Forward Board of Directors, Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation Board of Directors and the Economic Development Commission Board of Directors. She has also served on UNCA’s Foundation Board. Brumit and her husband own 27 Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurants in Western North Carolina.
Whitesides, appointed by the Board of Governors, is also active in the community. He serves on the Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community Board of Directors, WQCS Public Radio Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. He is former president of the YMI Cultural Center and was named a trusteeemeritus of North Carolina Central University in 1987.
The board also elected officers. George Groome, of Asheville, president of Colton Groom & Co. was elected chair; Wells Greeley of Waynesville, president of Wells Funeral Homes Inc. was elected vice chair; and Sue H. McClinton of Asheville, vice president of William S. Hein and Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., was re-elected secretary.
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