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Perdue names four to Board of Ed

Posted May 7, 2009

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— Gov. Bev Perdue appointed two new members and re-appointed two members to the North Carolina State Board of Education Thursday.

The governor tapped Reginald Kenan, of Duplin County, and Christine J. Greene, of High Point, and reappointed Patricia “Tricia” Willoughby, of Raleigh, and Wayne McDevitt, of Marshall.

Kenan owns a law practice in Duplin County. He is a member of the Duplin County School Board, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the North Carolina Bar Association. Kenan received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Guilford College and his juris doctorate from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Willoughby is the executive director of the Office of the Governor’s North Carolina Business Committee for Education. She has worked with high school reform and childhood obesity as a member of the National Association of State Board of Education Study Workgroups and is a member of the North Carolina Courts Commission. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in reading from Meredith College.

McDevitt is in business in western North Carolina. He served as senior vice-president for university affairs for the UNC system and as chief of staff to former Governor Jim Hunt. McDevitt has served on the board of the North Carolina Partnership for Children/SmartStart and the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association. The Asheville Citizen-Times recognized McDevitt as “one of Western North Carolina’s 50 most influential people of the 20th century” in 1999.

Greene has dedicated her professional career to education, from working as a counselor at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown to serving as executive director of the Guilford Institute for Leadership Development. She was vice chair of the North Carolina Standards Board for Public School Administrators and chair of the North Carolina Board for Licensed Professional Counselors. In 2008, Greene received the Distinguished Practitioner Award from the UNC at Greensboro Department of Counseling and Educational Development.

The Board of Education supervises and administers the public school system and the educational funds provided for its support. The board has 19 members; 14 are appointed by the governor.

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  • Z Man May 8, 2009

    Let's call her 'dictator' Purdue - it's more fitting.

  • gt_football May 8, 2009

    tbajr: The answer to the questions is Bev's favorite saying"It is what it is"! I am afraid that is all you need to know. Keep up the great work BEV!!!

  • tbajr May 8, 2009

    beachm: Still doesn't answer the question of why she had to appoint two new appointments.

  • beachm May 8, 2009

    Tbajr, Governor Perdue appointed four people, including two new appointments, to the State Board of Education, the board that determines policies for the K-12 schools in North Carolina.

  • tbajr May 8, 2009

    She appointed two new members? For what?