East Carolina University recently announced that four individuals were confirmed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to join on the school’s Board of Trustees.
The UNC BOG met on May 19, to consider reappointing Bob Plybon, Max Joyner Jr. and Vern Davenport. The committee also confirmed first term member Vincent Smith who will join the board in July.
“The three appointees that we reappointed from the current board were all very active and extremely good trustees,” said Henry Hinton, chairmen of the University Committee on Governance. “It’s clear that they all love the university and wanted to serve. When we looked at it those three were really a no brainer in the great work they’ve done in the last four years.”
Hinton, who is an ECU alumnus and former chairman of ECU Foundation, said Davenport has been a great resource for the university in expanding their medical program. He added both Plybon and Joyner have been huge contributors to the university.
Smith is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force who received his undergraduate degree in history from ECU. He also served on the ECU Foundation Board of Directors and the Honors College Advancement Council at the university. This will be his first term on the BOT.
“Vince has been very active with the (ECU) Foundation Board,” Hinton said. “He also brings the perspective of someone with a military background with his work in the Air Force. We looked at that and thought that was a very positive thing for ECU.”
Steve Duncan, assistant secretary for the ECU BOT was happy that Plybon, Joyner and Davenport were reappointed to the board. He added that he is also excited to welcome Smith to the BOT.
“We are extremely pleased to have the three reappointments,” he said. “All have been great supporters of the university during their first terms. We are also very happy to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Vince Smith.”
Plybon, Joyner Jr., Davenport, and Smith will join the board at their next scheduled meeting on July 27-28. ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton, who works closely with the BOT, said he is excited to welcome Smith to the BOT.
“Our trustees play a vital role in our university and are involved in making policy and moving our vision forward as America’s next great national university,” he said.