Richard Y. Stevens (Richard)

Elected 2017; term ends 2021
Cary, NC

Stevens, an attorney with the Smith Anderson Law Firm and a five-term North Carolina Senator from 2003-2012, previously served on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees from 1995-2003, including two terms as chair from 1997-1999. He also served on the Board of Visitors from 1991-1995. Stevens earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Juris Doctor degrees from Carolina and has scholarships named for him at the UNC School of Law and the UNC School of Government. Prior to his service in the Senate, he was the County Manager of Wake County and worked as a management consultant. Stevens has chaired the UNC-Chapel Hill Endowment Fund, the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation, Inc., the UNC General Alumni Association, the Board of Visitors for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Hospital and The Carolina Club. He has also received numerous awards from Carolina and beyond, among them the UNC Distinguished Alumnus Award, the UNC General Alumni Association Distinguished Service Medal, the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration Public Service Award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the William Richardson Davie Award and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Award for Distinguished Public Service. Stevens is a member of numerous distinguished societies including the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Order of the Grail-Valkyries and the Order of the Old Well.

R. Gene Davis Jr. (Gene)

Vice Chair
Elected 2019; term ends 2023

Raleigh, NC

Davis is an attorney at Gene Davis Law PLLC in Raleigh and has more than 20 years of experience in real estate law, business formation, estate planning and estate administration. Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts with distinction in speech communications and political science and his J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1989 to 1990, Davis served the UNC community as president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and as speaker of the UNC Student Congress. In law school, Davis was a founder and executive editor of the Banking Law Institute. He was also an editor for the Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Davis was inducted into the Order of the Grail, Order of the Old Well and the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Law School Honorary Society in recognition of his service to the University. He currently serves as vice chair of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s board of trustees and as chair for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency board of directors.

Teresa Artis Neal (Teresa)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Cary, NC

Artis Neal is a media attorney at Trans World Radio in Cary, where she counsels on licensing and compliance matters, and an adjunct professor at Campbell Law School. Previously, she was vice president of business affairs at a Turner Broadcasting subsidiary in Atlanta, Georgia, and general counsel of Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh. In her role at CBC, she had legal and regulatory responsibility for radio and TV stations, web and mobile entities, a satellite services provider and a Triple-A baseball team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics and public policy from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MBA and J.D. from Harvard University. As a student at Carolina, she was a Pogue Scholar, active in Student Government, a resident advisor and a member of the Carolina Union Activities Board, N.C. Fellows and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. After graduating, she stayed involved at Carolina by serving on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the General Alumni Association Board, as chair of the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and as a board member for UNC-TV. In 2016, Artis Neal was awarded Carolina’s Davie Award in recognition of extraordinary service to the University. As a current board member of UNC Rex Healthcare, she chairs the Quality, Patient Safety and Human Resources Committee and serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee.

David L. Boliek Jr. (Dave)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Fayetteville, NC

Boliek is an attorney and partner with Williford, Crenshaw, Boliek and Frangakis LLP in Fayetteville. His practice focuses on litigation and consults on healthcare issues, specifically those in the allied health field. Previously, he spent several years as an award-winning journalist, political consultant and public relations professional. Boliek also previously served as CEO of a government contracting firm and as a prosecutor in Cumberland County. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. with honors and MBA from Campbell University. His community leadership roles have included serving on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, Boy Scouts of America and youth sports. He currently serves as chair of the Southeast Regional Area Health Education Center and as an elder at Highland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.


Jefferson W. Brown (Jeff)

Elected 2013; term ends 2021
Charlotte, NC

Brown is a partner in the law firm of Moore and Van Allen in Charlotte. Born in Chattanooga, TN, Brown received his B.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Brown focuses his practice on the representation of investors & developers in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, ventures and developments. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America (including Charlotte Lawyer of the Year, Land Use), NC Super Lawyers and Business NC Legal Elite. Brown is a recipient of the City of Charlotte “Mayor’s Award” recognizing one Charlotte Citizen, who has demonstrated unselfish community leadership and a recipient of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte George Williams Award. He was a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations with the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. Brown has served on the Foundation Boards for UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, the Executive Committees for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte Metropolitan YMCA, and City of Charlotte Citizens Committees related to transit and privatization. At UNC, Brown has served on search committees for the Dean of the Law School, the University General Counsel among others. He has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees Personnel Committee and Vice-Chair of the University Affairs Committee. He is married to the former Cantey Venable Sutton, UNC-CH ’80 and great-granddaughter of former UNC President Francis Venable.

G. Munroe Cobey (Munroe)

Elected 2019; term ends 2021
Chapel Hill, NC

Cobey is a retired partner of Tudor Investment Corporation based in Greenwich, CT where he was a senior portfolio manager.  Prior to joining Tudor in 1996 he was a managing director at Bankers Trust NY where he worked from 1978-1995. He graduated from UNC in 1974 and also has an MBA from Wake Forest ’78. His wife Becky and two daughters are also graduates of UNC.  He currently serves on several UNC boards including the Educational Foundation, Lineberger Cancer Center, and the UNC Foundation Inc.  He previously served on the Carolina Performing Arts board and the Arts & Sciences Foundation board which he chaired in 2015 and 2016. He is a recipient of the William Richardson Davie Award for service to the University.


Haywood D. Cochrane, Jr. (Haywood)

Immediate Past Chair
Elected 2013; term ends 2021
Chapel Hill, NC

Haywood Cochrane, a native of Weldon, NC, is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of DARA Biosciences, Inc.  He began his career in banking and moved into healthcare where he specialized in being part of a team that rebuilt and grew a number of public and private companies- with the support of venture capital and private equity partners- to create jobs and build long-term shareholder value.  He received his B.A. in Political Science from UNC, where he was a Morehead Scholar, a North Carolina Fellow and Secretary of the UNC Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  He is has held a number of senior management and executive positions at companies such as: Allied Clinical Laboratories, Inc., Roche Biomedical Laboratories, Inc., National Health Laboratories, Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, and CHD Meridian Corporate Healthcare, Inc., now a unit of Walgreens.  He has served as director of I-trax, Allied Clinical Laboratories, Inc., Tripath Imaging, Inc., EV3, Inc., American Esoterics, Inc., JDN Realty, Inc., Sonus Corp., Unilab, Inc., and Ameripath, Inc., as well as other private companies.  He and his two teenage sons reside in Elon, NC.

Charlesduckett_chuck_13_008-130x182 G. Duckett (Chuck)

Elected 2013; term ends 2021
Winston Salem, NC

Duckett is a partner in Battle & Associates, Inc., a marketing services firm he joined in 1989. He is also a partner in GRINS Enterprises, LLC. He graduated from Carolina in 1982 with a B.A. degree in political science and history. He is married to Beth Brady Duckett who also graduated from UNC. All three of their children have graduated from Carolina. His past service to the university includes work on the National Development Council, the Board of Visitors, the Steering Committee for the Carolina First Campaign and the board of WUNC FM. He established the Bill Guthridge Mathematics Scholarship and helped establish the Bill Guthridge Endowed Professorship in Mathematics along with John Burress.  He also serves on the executive board of the Rams Club. He has served as Secretary and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has served on numerous community boards.

hopkins_kelly_13_007-130x182Kelly Matthews Hopkins (Kelly)

Elected 2013; term ends 2021
Charlotte, NC

Kelly is a life and development coach in Charlotte, NC. She is an active volunteer both in Charlotte and Florida.  She serves as a trustee of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and of the Relgalf Charitable Foundation, located in South Florida. Kelly founded and is currently a member of the Whitehall Society of the Flagler Museum. She serves as an advisory member of the Mint Museum Auxiliary in Charlotte, NC. Kelly received a M.S. in Organization Development at the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, NC.  She is a member of the Hull Fellows class of 2013 through the Southeastern Council of Foundations.  Kelly received her B.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Formerly, Kelly was an elementary school teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System for six years. Kelly is married to Rick, also a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, and they have two children.

Allie Ray McCullen (Allie Ray)

Elected 2015; term ends 2023
Clinton, NC

Allie Ray is a lifelong resident of rural Sampson County and lives on the family farm in Keener, NC.  He attended NC State University and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity.  He transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in history.  Allie Ray is owner of The McCullen Group, Inc. which is a real estate sales and appraisal firm located in Clinton, NC.  Over the years, he has served on a number of state and federal Boards and Commissions including the State Banking Commission and the USDA-A.S.C.S. Committee.  Locally, he has been a member and Chairman of the Board of Sampson Community College.  Until recently, he served as a member of the Sampson Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees (18.5 years) and as Chairman for 9 years.  He is currently a member of the Sampson County Board of Health.

Ralph W. Meekins Sr. (Ralph)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Shelby, NC

Meekins, Sr. is an attorney with Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC in Shelby, NC and he has practiced for over 33 years, primarily in the area of personal injury and workers compensation. He is board certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is also a board certified mediator. Meekins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UNC in 1983 and his J.D., with distinction from Campbell University School of Law in 1986. He was a basketball manager for the Carolina men’s basketball team that won a national championship in 1982 and he served as head basketball manager in 1983 for the Tar Heels. He has served on the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Bar Association, a State Bar Councilor for the North Carolina State Bar, and he presently serves as a trustee for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Health Board Trust. He has also served as a chair for the Cleveland County YMCA, the Dover Foundation YMCA, and for the Cleveland County Community Foundation. He recently served four years on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors.

John P. Preyer (John)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Chapel Hill, NC

John Preyer is the Co-Founder and President of Restoration Systems, an environmental company specializing in wetland, steam, nutrient, and habitat mitigation, headquartered in Raleigh. The company has over 80 mitigation projects in twelve states, including the first water quality bank to reduce nutrient loading ever approved in the country.

He has been a member of the UNC Institute of the Environment Board Visitors since 2011 and previously served on the University Board of Visitors from 2012 to 2016.

Before founding Restoration Systems in 1998, Preyer worked in the United States Senate on environmental and defense issues as Legislative Director for Senator Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina.  From 2002-2006, Preyer served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a non-profit environmental group advocating for coastal rivers, creeks, and wetlands. He worked closely on the formation of the North River Wetland Preserve, the largest saltwater marsh restoration project in North Carolina.

Preyer graduated from UNC in 1990 with a B.A. in political science. He is married to Joanie Lacy Preyer from Winston Salem, UNC 92’ Journalism. They have lived in Chapel Hill with their two children for the past fifteen years. Preyer embraces the motto Facta, Non Verba.

Lamar G. Richards (Lamar)

Ex-Officio Member 2021-2022
Student Body President
Columbia, SC


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Clayton D. Somers (Clayton)

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