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Joan Higginbotham
Allyson Siegel
Kenneth Tindall
Karyn Wilkerson
New Board Members Appointed to NCCU Trustees
Published: Friday, October 04, 2013

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has elected Research Triangle scientist Kenneth R. Tindall and businesswoman Allyson Siegel to four-year terms on the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees. Current trustees Harold T. Epps and Paul R. Pope Jr. were reelected to new terms on the board.

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Joan E. Higginbotham, a Lowe’s Cos. executive, and Karyn S. Wilkerson, founder and executive director of a Durham nonprofit group, to four-year terms on the board.

Tindall is senior vice president for science and business development at the N.C. Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, a position he has held since 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in genetics and biomedical sciences from the University of Tennessee. Before his appointment at the biotech center, he worked in a series of research and administrative positions for the National Institute of Environmental Health Services at RTP from 1985 to 2000.

Siegel is executive vice president of Tru-Pak Moving Systems, a major moving and storage based in Conover, N.C., a position she has held since 1995. She is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing. She is a graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in counselor education from UNC–Charlotte.

Higginbotham, a Charlotte resident, is director of community relations for Lowe’s. She previously worked for NASA for 20 years, initially as an electrical engineer, and was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996. She tested modules of the International Space Station and was assigned to a mission scheduled for launch in 2008, but she chose to retire and enter the private sector before the mission took place. She holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Wilkerson earned two degrees at NCCU, a Bachelor of Business Administration and a master’s in agency counseling. She is the 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. Earlier in her career she was a data analyst for Burroughs Wellcome. She lives in Durham and has long been active in NCCU alumni affairs.  

Pope, an NCCU graduate and resident of Durham, spent most of his career with Capitol Broadcasting Co. of Raleigh. From 2005 until his retirement in 2010, he was vice president and general manager of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, which Capitol owns.  

Epps, also an NCCU alumnus, is president and CEO of PRWT Services of Philadelphia, a business services provider that is among the largest minority-owned companies in the United States.

In addition, Stefan Weathers, president of the NCCU Student Government Association, is a new member of the NCCU Board of Trustees.

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