The state Senate has just elected eight members to the UNC Board of Governors.
They are: William M. Kotis, III of Summerfield, a commercial real estate investor and restaurateur with Kotis Properties, Inc.; Scott Lampe of Davidson, vice president and chief financial officer for Hendrick Motorsports; Steven B. Long of Raleigh, a tax attorney and partner with Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein; Joan G. MacNeill of Webster, a retired entrepreneur and nurse; Therence O. Pickett of Greensboro, vice president, general counsel and secretary at Volvo Group North America and Mack Trucks, Inc.; Robert Sterling Rippy of Wilmington, the owner and president of Jungle Rapids; Harry Leo Smith, Jr. of Greenville, chief executive officer of Flanders Corporation; John Craig Souza of Raleigh, president and chief executive officer of the N.C. Health Care Facilities Association.
The House is in recess, but a vote count on its slate is under way. So far no current board members have been reappointed; Souza is a former board member and vice chair.
Today's election assures that the UNC system's governing board will be dominated by Republicans.