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NCCU Board of Trustees Adds 5 New, 3 Reappointed Members

Isaiah Tidwell
James S. Walker
John Alexander Herrera
Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has five new and three reappointed members effective July 1, 2017.
 
The new trustees are:
 
John Alexander Herrera, a native of Costa Rica, graduated from the University of Delaware in 1992 and began his career at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. Herrera earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and joined Self-Help Credit Union as senior vice president for Latino/Hispanic Affairs in 1999. He was a founding member of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders. Appointed by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors, his term expires June 30, 2021.
 
Kevin M. Holloway, a 1975 business administration and finance graduate of NCCU, served as vice president for the U.S. supply chain at Monsanto Agrochemical Co. before founding his own company, Holloway Executive Consulting, in 2014. Holloway is a member of the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame as a major contributor and has served on the Board of Visitors for the NCCU School of Business. Appointed by the UNC Board of Governors, his term expires June 30, 2021.
 
James S. Walker, a 1988 graduate of the NCCU School of Law, earned his juris doctor degree summa cum laude and was a practicing attorney until 2000, when he became certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator. He is currently self-employed as a mediator. A Charlotte, N.C., native, he also serves as a member of the N.C. Turnpike Authority Board. Appointed by the speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, his term expires June 30, 2021.
 
Isaiah Tidwell, a 1967 Eagle graduate, was named by the UNC Board of Governors to fulfill the unexpired term of Darrell T. Allison, who now serves as a member of the UNC Board of Governors. Tidwell worked at Wachovia Bank for 35 years and was executive vice president and director of wealth management for Georgia before retiring in 2005. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from NCCU in 2001. His term will expire on June 30, 2019.
 
Michael Hopkins, president of the NCCU Student Government Association, will serve a one-year term. A senior majoring in pharmaceutical sciences and a native of Raleigh, N.C., Hopkins is interning at Harvard University Medical Center this summer and plans to attend medical school after graduation.
 
Sitting board members reappointed for additional four-year terms are Trustees Allyson Siegel, Kenneth R. Tindall and Karyn Wilkerson.
 
Siegel, of Huntersville, N.C., studied English and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master’s in counselor education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She serves as executive vice president of Tru-Pak Moving Systems, a major moving and storage based in Conover, N.C., where she oversees sales and marketing. Siegel was reappointed by the UNC Board of Governors.
 
Tindall, who holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Tennessee, is senior vice president of science and business development for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as well as an adjunct professor in toxicology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously held positions at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Yale University. Tindall was reappointed by the UNC Board of Governors.
 
Wilkerson, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a master’s in agency counseling from NCCU, is founder and executive director of DWS Development Institute, a nonprofit providing personal development training and scholarship support. She also is a director of Kiddie Kollege Child Care Center in Durham. Previously, she was a data analyst for Burroughs Wellcome. She was appointed by the North Carolina Senate for a second term.
 
Transitioning off the Board is Joan Higginbotham, a retired astronaut and executive at Lowe’s Companies Inc., who served from 2013 to 2017, as well as Harold T. Epps, commerce director for the City of Philadelphia, and Paul Pope, a retired vice president of Capitol Broadcasting Company. Both Epps and Pope served two consecutive four-year terms.
 
“I’d like to welcome our newest Board of Trustees members, who have generously agreed to share their time and talents with North Carolina Central University,” said Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye. “I am thrilled that you will be working alongside me and other board members to uphold the standards of excellence that have made NCCU a first-choice school for a wide and diverse group of exceptional students. Thank you in advance for the hard work to come and the expertise that each of you will bring to the table as we advance the NCCU agenda.”
 
 
 

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