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North Carolina Central University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. According to The UNC Code, NCCU will have a board of trustees composed of thirteen persons: eight are elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four are appointed by the NC General Assembly (two upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives), and the remaining member is the president of the student government.

The board of trustees shall promote the sound development of its institution within the functions prescribed for it, helping it to serve the people of the state in a way that will complement the activities of the other institutions and aiding it to perform at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor. Each board of trustees shall serve as advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to its institution and shall also serve as advisor to the chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution

Board of Trustees Membership

Kevin Holloway

Mr. Kevin M. Holloway Chairman

Mr. Holloway was appointed to serve a full four-year term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

He began his career in sales at Dow Chemical Co. - later Dow AgroSciences - where he served in various capacities, including as director of human resources. In 1998, he joined Monsanto Agrochemical Co. in St. Louis, Mo., rising to the post of vice president for the U.S. supply chain organization. He also served as President of the Animal Ag Business and President of Lawn and Garden at Monsanto.

In 2014, he founded his own company, Holloway Executive Consulting, in Raleigh N.C., which focuses on development and implementation of strategic business strategy, personal executive coaching and human resources plans.

Mr. Holloway received his Bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from North Carolina Central University.

Mr. Holloway and his wife, Lauretta reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Michael Johnson

Mr. Michael Johnson, Vice Chairman

Mr. Johnson was initially appointed to serve a full four-year term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. He was reappointed to serve a second four term on July 1, 2019 thought June 30, 2023.

He is President and Chief Executive Officer of J & A Group, LLC, a management and business consulting company. He is a Director of the QuikTrip Corporation and previously served as a Director of CenterPoint Energy Corporation, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Mr. Johnson retired in 2008 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Williams Companies. Prior to joining Williams, he held officer level positions for Amoco Corporation,

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University and is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Advanced Executive Program

Mr. Johnson and his wife, Libby, reside in Windermere, Florida.

Oita Coleman

Ms. Oita C. Coleman, Secretary

Mrs. Coleman was initially appointed to serve a full four-year term by Governor Pat McCrory on July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. She was reappointed by the North Carolina General Assembly - Speaker of the House - to serve a second four-year term from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.

She is Vice President of QUEST (Quality User-Driven Enterprise Software Testing), a Division of SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina. In this role, she has overall oversight of the quality of SAS products and solutions with the implementation of processes, standards, and policies for the software development life cycle, directed towards improving overall customer satisfaction of our product portfolio.

Mrs. Coleman received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mrs. Coleman and her husband, Charles, reside in Apex, North Carolina.

Roderick G. Allison

Attorney Roderick G. Allison

Attorney Allison was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly - President Pro Tempore of the Senate - to a full four-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.

He has been in the active practice of law for over 20 years and is the Founder of The Allison Office, a law practice serving individuals, nonprofits and corporations across the State of North Carolina in numerous areas of law.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina (Class Valedictorian) and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Attorney Allison and his wife, Kimberly reside in Creedmoor, NC.

William V. Bell

Mr.William V. Bell

Mr. Bell was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to serve a full four-year term beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.

He has been an active public servant of Durham, NC, for 47 years. He was elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in 1972 and served for 26 years, chairing the board for 12 years. Bell was also the longest serving mayor of Durham; his term ran from 2001 until 2017, choosing not to run for re-election in 2017. Bell also served in the military and reached the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. Bell’s civilian work history reflects an extensive degree of education and experience as an engineer. He has worked in several large corporations, such as The Martin-Marietta Corporation (Orlando, Florida), The US Army Research and Development Lab (Ft. Monmouth, N.J.), The IBM Corporation in the Research Triangle Park (RTP), retiring in 1996, and currently is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at the UDI Community Development Corporation. Bell currently serves on the North Carolina Railroad Company’s Board of Directors, the Mechanics & Farmers Bank City Advisory Board, and Co-Chairs the Durham City Sesquicentennial Fundraising 2019 Campaign Committee. Bell has been awarded many honors, including the North Carolina Leadership Award in 1980, which was presented by Governor James B. Hunt, and the Order of Long Leaf Pine in 2016, presented by Governor Pat McCrory.

Mr. Bell received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University.

Mr. Bell and his wife, Judith, reside in Durham, NC.

William V. Bell

Mr.G. Keith Chadwell

Mr. Chadwell was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to serve a full four-year term beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.

He has successfully held executive level and professional positions in state and local government since 1981 in jurisdictions of various sizes and with diverse populations. Chadwell was appointed as Deputy City Manager of the City of Durham in September 2009, and leads a portfolio of departments overseeing the city government’s role in economic development, land use planning, affordable housing development, transportation, and neighborhood vitality. In the role of Deputy City Manager, he also has oversight of regulatory policies and procedures associated with development and growth in the city. Mr. Chadwell brings a comprehensive background in public sector management to his appointment in Durham. In addition to his experience associated with his work in Durham, his public sector history includes the management and leadership of work in public safety, recreation programs, public works operations, public health, community development, and human services. He has been a contributor throughout his career to the development and implementation of policies that link economic and workforce development programs.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Toledo.

Mr. Chadwell and his wife, Jocelyn, reside in Durham, North Carolina.

Brandon Hedgebeth

Mr. Brandon W. Hedgebeth

Mr. Hedgebeth was elected NCCU Student Body President in March 2019. Mr. Hedgebeth is from High Point, NC, and is a senior with a double major in history and English.

Prior to this appointment he served as Student Body Vice President and President of the Student Senate. He is a member of the University Honors Program, Centennial Scholars Program, Collegiate 100 Black Men and the Pre-Law Society. He is a former Eagle Ambassador and student Orientation Leader. He brings a wealth of accomplishments to the position, including the reestablishment of the Council of Presidents, student organization funding enhancements and mandatory trainings for all senators.

As Student Body President he continues to execute the SGA Association’s agenda. Some of these major initiatives included SGA elections, NCCU Academic Day and the culminating session of the UNC Association of Student Governments on this campus.

John Herrera

Mr. John A. Herrera

Mr. Herrera was initially appointed to serve a full four-year term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

He began his career at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., and later worked for the Center for World Environment and Sustainable Development in Raleigh, NC and the Duke University Center of International Studies. He then joined the staff of Self-Help credit Union and serves as Senior Vice President for Latino/Hispanic Affairs.

Herrera co-founded several non-profits, among them the Latino Community Credit Union, the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders and El Pueblo, Inc. He served on the North Carolina Credit Union Commission 2003-2010. In 2013, The White House honored him as one of eleven Champions of Change immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs. In 2017 President Obama nominated Herrera to the National Credit Union Administration.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and his master’s degree from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Herrera and his wife, Glisceria reside in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Allyson Siegel

Ms. Allyson M. Siegel 

Ms. Siegel was initially appointed to serve a four-year term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017. She was reappointed to serve a second four-year term on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

Ms. Siegel is President and Owner of Tru-Pak Moving Systems in Conover, NC. She is fully accountable for one of the largest full service moving and storage companies in the US and is responsible for all sales and marketing, including Department of Defense, Government Services Administration, International Relocations, National Accounts, trade shows as well as Corporate Relocations.

She is also a Licensed Certified Counselor, LPC, NCC, BCLP, serving the Mecklenburg County, NC area with a private practice.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Ms. Siegel resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Isaiah Tidwell

Mr. Isaiah Tidwell

Mr. Tidwell was initially appointed to serve the remainder of a four-year term of a former board member by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. He was reappointed to a second four-year term on July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.

Tidwell began his career at Celanese Corp. before joining Wachovia National Bank in 1972. He has served in various roles with Wachovia, including Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Southern Region and President of the Georgia Banking division. He retired in 2005 as an Executive Vice President and Director at Wachovia.

Tidwell has been active on a number of corporate boards, including Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Snyder’s-Lance Corp and the advisory board of Rack Room Shoes. He is currently a member of the board for Lincoln National Corp. and as well as a trustee for Friendship Baptist Church.

In 1996, he was inducted into the Charlotte NAACP Hall of Fame, and in 2001 was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award from NCCU.

He received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a MBA degree from Wake Forest University.

Mr. Tidwell and his wife, Hellena reside in Atlanta, Georgia

Ken Tindall

Dr. Kenneth R. Tindall

Dr. Tindall was initially appointed to serve a four-year term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017. He was reappointed to serve a second full four-term by the UNC Board of Governors on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

From 2000 until his retirement in 2018, Dr. Tindall served as Senior Vice President for Science and Business Development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. He was a member of the Center’s management team and was responsible for Center programs that support biotechnology innovation, company creation and the development of life science public-private partnerships.

He previously held positions at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the Research Triangle Park from 1985 through 2000 and at Yale University.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montana State University and a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Oak Ridge National Lab.

Dr. Tindall and his wife, Susan, reside in Durham, North Carolina.

James Walker

Attorney James T. Walker

Attorney Walker was appointed to a full four-year term by the North Carolina General Assembly - Speaker of the House - on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

He has been a practicing attorney since 1988 and a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Superior Court-Certified Mediator since 2000. Walker was in private practice for law firms representing plaintiffs in worker’s compensation claims and since 2000 has been a full time, selfemployed mediator.

He received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University, Summa Cum Laude

Mr. Walker resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Karyn Wilkerson

Ms. Karyn S. Wilkerson

Ms. Wilkerson was appointed to serve a four-year term by Governor Pat McCrory on July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017. The North Carolina General Assembly - President Pro Tempore - reappointed Ms. Wilkerson to serve a second four-term on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

Since 1995 she has served as Director of Kiddie Kollege Early Learning Center in Durham and is the founder and Executive Director of DWS Development Institute. From 1982 to 1995 she served in several positions with Burroughs Wellcome.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University

Ms. Wilkerson, her husband, William and two sons reside in Durham, North Carolina

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