Under the Dome

McCrory makes education, tourism boards appointments

Gov. Pat McCrory named three people to the State Board of Education Friday.

They were A.L. “Buddy” Collins, a Kernersville attorney who serves on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education. Collins, who contributed $1,000 to McCrory's campaign, will replace Christine Greene on the board.

Also appointed was Olivia Oxendine of Lumberton, who is a professor in the Department of School Administration and Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She previously served as curriculum director for the Hoke County School system. She will replace Shirley Harris.

McCrory also appointed Marcella Ramirez Savage, a member of the Union County Board of Education. She serves as marketing director for Chick-fil-A.. She will replace Melissa Barlett on the board.

The governor also announced three appointments to the Board of Travel and Tourism.

He appointed Art Schools, the mayor of Emerald Isle as the rural representative to the board. Schools has worked as a CPA and a U.S. Air Force Hospital Administrative officer. He will replace Vimal Kolappa.

Also appointed was Sabrina Bengel, the president of New Bern Tours & Convention Services. Bengel, who contributed $1,000 to McCrory's campaign, is an appointee of Senate president Phil Berger. She replaces Chris Cavanaugh on the board.

McCrory also named Vinay Patel, president and CEO of SREE Hotels to the board. Patel, who gave McCrory's campaign $8,000, replaces Susan Spangler.

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