UNC Board of Governors member charged with assault

Posted June 24, 2015
Updated September 1, 2015

Raleigh police charged R. Doyle Parrish, 61, with assault on a female at his home on May 12, 2015.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The charge against Doyle Parrish was dismissed Aug. 26, 2015.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh police charged a member of the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors with misdemeanor assault on a female last month after an incident at his home.

Records show R. Doyle Parrish was arrested May 12 after a report filed by his wife, Nancy Parrish, who is listed as the victim.

Doyle Parrish could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

He began his four-year term on the Board of Governors after an appointment by the state House in 2013.

Parrish, 61, is chief executive of Summit Hospitality Group, a hotel and restaurant management company, and sits on the board of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the nonprofit charged with recruiting businesses to the state.

A major political donor, he's given thousands in recent years to national and state Republican candidates, including former state House speaker and current U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, Gov. Pat McCrory and state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, according to records from the National Institute for Money in State Politics. Prior to 2009, he also gave thousands to Democrats such as former state Senate leader Marc Basnight and Govs. Bev Perdue and Mike Easley.


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  • Robert Smith Jun 25, 2015
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    He probably won't suffer because of his donations to McCory ,Tillis, etc. it is a shame money can buy your way out of illegal acts. Just look at the smile on his face and you can see he is not worried.

  • Dolly Butler Jun 24, 2015
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    People are talking about Tom Ross running against Richard Burr, Senator. You can email Mr. Ross at
    to encourage him

  • Melissa Noderer Jun 24, 2015
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    Miss Sally has expressed my sentiments to a "T". Actually, I'm surprised this article is buried so soon after it was posted. What the heck will UNC Board of Directors Chairman John Fennebresque do about this debacle? Hasn't UNC been embarrassed enough lately--now a Board member is charged with assault on his wife???? God save us from our esteemed leadership in NC.
    Run Tom Ross run for the NC Senate....

  • Sally Bethune Jun 24, 2015
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    Please excuse my observation. The NC House appoints a wealthy republican to the Board of Governors in 2013, who allegedly assaults his wife but the same body fires the Honorable Tom Ross, President of the UNC System. Who was doing an outstanding job given the constant game playing the GA has done with the UNC System. Mr Ross, I know you do not want to retire. Have you thought of running for the senate seat currently held by Sen. Burr?