Gov. Pat McCrory's high school teacher, who starred in his campaign TV ads, is now the chairwoman of the N.C. Commission on Indian Affairs.
Ruth Revels, a member of the Lumbee tribe, taught at Ragsdale High School. Former Gov. Mike Easley appointed her to the commission in 2003. She was sworn in Friday as the new chairwoman.
McCrory appointed her chairwoman but said she is receiving the post because of her wisdom and experience, not her connection to him. At the commission meeting in Raleigh, he recalled that Revels directed his senior class play, M*A*S*H*. McCrory played Trapper John McIntyre, he said. "I continue to seek her direction," McCrory said.
In the campaign ad, Revels said McCrory was a "young leader" in school. She also touted McCrory's plans to reward "great teachers" and get students to read before the 4th grade. Saying when he accomplishes those, she'd give him "a gold star."