Under the Dome

Linda Carlisle

Office District Status
Cultural Resources Sec'y Statewide Appointee
Party In Office Since Term Ends
Democrat 2009
Level of Government  
Date of Birth Birthplace Now Lives In
, 1950 Abingdon, VA Greensboro, NC


Linda Carlisle is the secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue's Cabinet. She has long been active in civic causes and Democratic state politics and is the co-founder of a successful Greensboro office supply company. She was named one of the state's first lottery commissioners by Gov. Mike Easley. In addition, she has served for a number of years on the UNC-Greensboro board of trustees. In 2008, she was asked to serve on the transition team of Gov.-elect Perdue after complaints that the original group was not diverse enough. Perdue later appointed her to her Cabinet.



Marital Status
Two sons, two stepsons

Linda Carlisle is the secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue's Cabinet.

Early Life and Education

Linda Arnold Carlisle was born in 1950 in Abingdon, Va. Her parents were tobacco farmers.

She moved to Greensboro at the age of 2, graduating from Randleman High School in 1968.

She earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology from UNC-Greensboro in 1972. 

She earned a master of business administration from Wake Forest University in 1983.

She is a founder of the Friends of Women's Studies and a longtime supporter of the women's studies program at the college.

The university has a faculty research grant and a professorship named for her.

Professional Career

While in college, she began working for NCNB Corp., the company that later became Bank of America. She worked in a variety of management, marketing and lending roles, eventually becoming a vice president.

Along with her husband, Jim, she started Copier Consultants, an office supply firm, in Greensboro in 1979. The company grew to more than $35 million in sales by the time she sold it to Alco Standard Corp. in 1989.

She remained president after the sale, retiring in 1997 to devote her time to civic causes.

Carlisle helped the Girl Scouts' Tarheel Triad Council raise $7 million for a new campus. She is co-chair of a $100 million capital campaign for UNC-Greensboro and vice chair of a chancellor search committee.

An internal campaign document from 2000 shows that Carlisle and three others raised $500,000 from Guilford County for gubernatorial candidate Mike Easley.

Political Career

In 2001, Governor Easley appointed Carlisle to the UNC-Greensboro board of trustees, where she served until 2005. 

In 2005, Easley  appointed Carlisle to serve as one of the first nine lottery commissioners and the only woman on the board. 

She gave up her position on the UNCG board to serve on the nine-member lottery commission. 

She served a two-year term, choosing in 2008 not to seek another term. She is now serving on the UNCG board of trustees again.

Perdue Administration 

Carlisle worked as a volunteer and a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue in 2008, contributing more than $9,000 to her campaigns between 2000 and 2008.

In 2008, Governor-elect Perdue named her to her transition team after criticism that her original team was not diverse enough. 

On Jan. 5, 2009, Perdue named her secretary of the state Department of Cultural Resources, one of 10 Cabinet-level appointments.

She said that she would work to create more jobs in the arts in North Carolina.

Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith. 


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