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
Jim Babb, Owner, Babb Communications
Steven Ballard, Chancellor Emeritus, East Carolina University
Rye Barcott, Managing Partner, Double Time Capital
Peaches Gunter Blank, Private Business
Sam Bowles, Managing Director, Minturn Partners
Jan Capps, Former Chair, Cape Fear Community College Foundation
Rusty Carter, President, Atlantic Packaging Corporation
Lowry Caudill, Co-founder, Magellan Laboratories Inc
Dean Castaldo, Jr., Director of Communications, Marine Corps Reserve Association
Derick Close, CEO, Springs Creative Products Group, LLC
James M. Deal, Jr., Attorney, Deal, Moseley & Smith, LLP
Scott Deitz, Vice President for Public Affairs, VF Corporation
William Dudley, Attorney, Political and Business Consultant, Dudley Solutions, LLC
Robert C. Eubanks, Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Franklin Street Partners
A.L. Fleming, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Albany State University
Alston Gardner, Principal, Fulcrum Ventures, LLC
John Glover, CEO, Dryden Investments
George Hamilton, VP of Olympic Operations, Dow Chemical Company
Gene Johnson, Co-Founder, FairPoint Communications; Former Chair, UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees
Rob King, Chief Executive, Bob King Automotive Group
Leroy Lail, Chairman, Hickory Furniture Mart
Brian McMurray, President, ATEX Technologies, Inc., McMurray Fabrics, Inc.
Peter Meehan, Former Chair, Triangle Community Foundation; Former Board Chair, William Peace University
Fred Mills, President, Mils Construction Company
William M. Moore, Jr., Professor of the Practice of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Roger Perry, President, East West Partners Management Company
Earl “Phil” Phillips, Jr., Retired Chairman and CEO, GE Capital First Factors Corp; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean
N. King Prather, Senior VP and General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
Michael Rierson, President, Rierson Consulting Group
Michael Rogers, Winston-Salem Group Leader, Middle Market – Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Sallie Shuping Russell, Managing Director, BlackRock
Eddie Sams, Managing Partner (Retired), Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President, Public Affairs, Duke University
George Teague, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Damon R. Wade, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Services and Enrollment Management, University of Virginia
Rob Welch, Vice President, I. L. Long Construction Co.
Teresa Williams, Community Leader
Allen Wilson, Vice President, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Bob Winston, CEO, Winston Hospitality, Inc.
Charles Wright, Senior VP Continuous Improvement, PNC Bank
Emma Battle, President and CEO
David Rice, Executive Director
Chris McLeod, Development Director
Tricia Daisley, Director of Development
Debra Davis Rezeli, Community Engagement Director