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Perdue names Tolson to N.C. State board

Posted May 29, 2009
Updated June 1, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Friday appointed North Carolina Biotechnology Center Chief Executive Norris Tolson to the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees, replacing McQueen Campbell.

Tolson, 69, earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science and agribusiness from N.C. State and has served as state commerce, transportation and revenue secretary and in the General Assembly.

“Norris Tolson has a long history of leadership and service to North Carolina,” Perdue said in a statement. “I am confident that as a member of N.C. State University’s Board of Trustees, Norris will focus on immediate priorities for the university, students and faculty, while he also pushes N.C. State boldly into the future.”

Campbell, who chaired the Board of Trustees, resigned two weeks ago amid questions over his role in N.C. State's hiring and promotion of Mary Easley, the wife of former Gov. Mike Easley.

Mike Easley twice appointed Campbell to the Board of Trustees, and The News & Observer newspaper has reported that Campbell flew Easley in his private plane, although the trips were never disclosed in campaign finance reports.

Campbell has said he did nothing wrong in Mary Easley's hiring.

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  • affirmativediversity May 29, 2009

    ifcdirector:

    Amen!

  • ifcdirector May 29, 2009

    Wow. This is a real change Bev. What other insiders can we appoint? How about showing some backbone and leadership on Mrs. Easley's pie job? Oh wait. Another insider. I forget sometimes and imagine that you represent the public good and not the private interests and pensions of your insider friends. I just wish all the democrats who voted straight tickets could be the only ones who have to suffer for the results of their voting but unfortunately all of us have to put up with the results of ignorance, racism, and blind obedience to a party over principle almost every single time they vote.

  • demo7691 May 29, 2009

    Bev is going to look after her and Easleys buddies. She need to be investigated when she was Lt. Gov for her doings as well. She is going to hire all her friends to good paying jobs who can afford to take a furlow. While the workers of the state that make low wages suffer. Please remember this when the next election takes place. She needs to get out of office.

  • UNCfuturealumi May 29, 2009

    Oh this is the Tolson that was with NCDOT..man alive, we do not know what is in store for NC State now? another Easley man on board.

  • pbjbeach May 29, 2009

    THIS IS IN ALL PROBABLITY JUST LIKE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR HARRISON OVER AT THE NCDOE . THANK YOU

  • OrdinaryCitizen May 29, 2009

    This is like appointing my worthless boss!

  • affirmativediversity May 29, 2009

    I wonder how much this DEM paid his DEM GOV to play at UNC?

    Can the DEMOCRATS be anymore arrogant in their belief that they will always be in power?

    They don't even attempt to hide their corruption and cronyism anymore!

  • pbjbeach May 29, 2009

    IMPEACH PERDUE NOW

  • are you kidding me May 29, 2009

    My god for ever more! What are there only 40 people in this state that are qualified to sit on boards. For the love of god, and someone I did not vote for about six months ago, can you get out of the box, and come up with an original thought on your own! Gov Bev, I just do not get it. Do you not have people around you that pickup a newspaper, read these message boards, or seek counsel and advice outside the ten foot radius around your body?

  • pbjbeach May 29, 2009

    JOYOFNC

    OF THAT I FEEL THAT YOU CAN BE SURE. MORE PAY TO PLAY I'LL BET ISN'T THAT THE WAY THAT ALL OPEN JOB POSITIONS ARE FILL IT SURELY ISNT BASE ON THE MOST OR BEST QUALIFIED INDIVSUAL TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS. SPEAKING OF WHICH I THOUGH THAT THERE WAS A HIRING FREEZE IN PLACE NOWDAYS WITH THE PAY CUT AN THE FURLOUGH BY RANK & FILE EMPLOYEES BUT I GUESS THAT UPPER MANGAMENT IS EXEMPT FROM THOSE RULES . FOR THOSE RULES ARE JUST TO APPLY ONLY TO THE PEIONS IN STATE GOVERNMENT THANK YOU

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