Higher Education Works to continue the distinguished tradition of The University of North Carolina and Community College Systems.

About Higher Education Works

Higher Education Works is a bipartisan organization that supports public higher education in North Carolina.  We advocate for investment in North Carolina’s public universities and community colleges by building support among citizens and engaging leaders.  Our State’s systems of public higher education must continue to distinguish North Carolina from other states.

Article IX, Section 9 of the North Carolina Constitution says:

“The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”

We take those words seriously.  We think our elected officials should, too.  North Carolina’s public universities and community colleges are the crown jewels of the state – they set North Carolina apart.  Our children and grandchildren deserve the opportunity to get a quality education at an affordable price.

We bring together supporters, employers, students and 800,000 graduates of North Carolina’s public universities to remind lawmakers that higher education works.  We focus on:

  • Affordability of higher education in North Carolina
  • The value of a quality education
  • Higher education as an economic driver for our state.

Paul Fulton, Co-Chair

Former President, Sara Lee Corporation; Chairman, Bassett Furniture Industries; Former Member, University of North Carolina Board of Governors; Former Member, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees; Former Member, Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees

Brad Wilson, Co-Chair

President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Former Chair, UNC Board of Governors


Mike Alford, President, Marine Chevrolet Cadillac
Peaches Gunter Blank, Private Business
Sam Bowles, Managing Director, Minturn Partners
Jan Capps, Chair, Cape Fear Community College Foundation
Derick Close, CEO, Springs Creative Products Group, LLC
James M. Deal, Jr., Attorney, Deal, Moseley & Smith, LLP
William Dudley, Attorney, Political and Business Consultant, Dudley Solutions, LLC
Alston Gardner, Principal, Fulcrum Ventures, LLC
John Glover, CEO, Dryden Investments.
George Hamilton, VP of Olympic Operations, Dow Chemical Company
Rob King, Chief Executive, Bob King Automotive Group
Brian McMurray, President, ATEX Technologies, Inc.; President, McMurray Fabrics, Inc.
Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller, President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Roger Perry, President, East West Partners Management Company
Earl “Phil” Phillips, Jr., Retired Chairman/CEO, GE Capital First Factors Corp; Former US Ambassador, Eastern Caribbean
N. King Prather, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Michael Rogers, Senior Vice President and Loan Team Manager, Wells Fargo Piedmont Triad Commercial Banking Office
Sallie Shuping Russell, Managing Director, BlackRock
Eddie Sams, Former Chairman, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
George Teague, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Edwin (Ed) Welch, Jr., President, I. L. Long Construction Co.; Chairman of the Board, Forsyth Technical Community College
Teresa Williams, Community Leader
Bob Winston, CEO, Winston Hospitality, Inc.

Emma Battle, Interim CEO
David Rice, Executive Director
Matthew Chamberlin, Director of External Relations
Debra Davis Rezeli, Community Engagement Director