State News

Perdue transition team becomes more diverse

Posted November 17, 2008 6:35 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2008 6:42 p.m. EST

— Governor-elect Beverly Perdue has added four new members to her transition team after criticism over her selection of three white men to lead the effort.

Perdue announced late Monday the additions, three of whom are women. Three of the four also are black. Some outside her campaign, including state NAACP President William Barber, last week questioned why minorities and women weren't part of what was announced initially as the team leaders.

Perdue transition spokesman David Kochman said the lieutenant governor has always been committed to diversity and called Monday's announcement a natural progression in the transition process.

The team's newcomers are State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee and North Carolina Community College System Chairwoman Hilda Pinnix-Ragland. Valeria Lee, former president of Golden LEAF, the Rocky Mount foundation that handles the state's tobacco litigation settlement fund, and ex-lottery commission member Linda Carlisle also were named to the transition team.