UNCW Board of Trustees Elects 2013-14 Officers, Welcomes Four New Members

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wilmington, NC – The UNCW Board of Trustees elected new officers for the 2013-14 academic year and welcomed four N.C. business leaders, including three alumni, as new members, the University announced today.

The new members are: Jacksonville resident Dennis Burgard, Class of 1988, owner and president of DSKT Real Estate Investments; High Point resident Michael Drummond, Class of 1986, president of PACKRITE LLC; Wilmington resident Henry L. “Hal” Kitchin Jr., a partner with McGuireWoods; and Cary resident Maurice Smith, Class of 1979, president of the Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU).

The trustees also elected new officers for the 2013-14 academic year. The chair is Wallace resident Wendy F. Murphy, Class of 1993, who has previously served as secretary, vice chair and chair of the Board, as well as chair of the Educational Planning and Programs Committee, External Affairs Committee, and the Executive Committee. The vice chair is Britt A. Preyer of Greensboro, who joined the Board in 2007 and previously served as secretary of the Board and as chair of the Audit and Business Affairs committees. The secretary is Wilmington resident Wilma W. Daniels, a member of the board since 2008 and previously chair of the External Affairs Committee.

“The University of North Carolina Wilmington deeply appreciates the dedication and service of our Board of Trustees,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said. “On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, we’re proud to welcome four new N.C. leaders to the board, and I look forward to working closely with the new officers, as well as the entire Board, to continue fulfilling UNCW’s mission as North Carolina’s coastal university.”

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, our university is widely acknowledge for its superb faculty and staff and its powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship in an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and in our doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership. Continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability, we remain committed to diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.