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Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

News Release:

    Raleigh, N.C.     The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

    North Carolina Motorsports Advisory Council

         •  Scott Cooper (Cabarrus County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  John G. Dodson (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Stephen A. Earwood (Moore County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Randy Marion (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Gray Garrison (Yadkin County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Jason D. Gibbs (Mecklenburg County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Timothy J. Cindric (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Winston Kelley (Mecklenburg County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Tatiana Papis (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Tim Hagler (Cabarrus County)

         •  The Honorable Karen B. Ray (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Brett Jewkes (Mecklenburg County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Mesbah Uddin (Mecklenburg County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Colleen O. Matte (Cabarrus County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Robert C. Rice (Cabarrus County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  William N. Patterson (Davidson County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Kelley E. Miller (Iredell County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Raymond Evernham (Mecklenburg County)

         •  Matthew W. Smith (Mecklenburg County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Brian Moffitt (Randolph County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Shurley M. Weddle (Sampson County) - This is a reappointment.

         •  Greg Fornell (Rowan County) - This is a reappointment.

    The purpose of the advisory council is to recommend policy, procedures and program initiatives to protect, strengthen and expand the motorsports industry in N.C.; provide ongoing advice and consultation to state policy leaders as to how to recruit, retain, and expand the motorsports industry in N.C.; conduct public hearings or input sessions regarding the motorsports industry when deemed necessary or encourage support for the motorsports industry and serve as resource for the industry to the N.C. General Assembly and State Departments and agencies; and perform such other duties as assigned by the governor or the chair.

    North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission

         •  Etteinne Mitchell (Craven County) - Mitchell is a retired Naval Intelligence Officer. She has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority since January 2012. Since moving to North Carolina in 2009, she has been associated with the New Bern Preservation Foundation, Twin Rivers YMCA Board of Directors, the Craven Community College Foundation, and Craven Literacy Council and has participated in a variety of fund-raising programs to benefit the New Bern community. Mitchell was assigned to military bases in 8 states, two overseas and multiple out of the country deployments.

         •  Leonard Scruggs (Henderson County) - Scruggs is a USAF combat veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and two Air Medals while engaged in combat operations. From 1961 to 1969, his service duties included posts as an intelligence officer and navigator. Scruggs is a member Of the Air Commando Association, the Air Force Association, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He is the author of two books: Lessons from the Vietnam War, published in 2009, and The Un-Civil War, published in 2011, as well as numerous articles on military history. This is a reappointment.

         •  Wendi A. Amos (Mecklenburg County) - Amos is an Attorney/Mediator at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Amos served in the U.S. Air Force for three years as a Squadron Section Commander. This is a reappointment.

         •  Raymond C. Schrump (Moore County) - Schrump enlisted in the Army on May 10th, 1949. He served in combat in the Korean War prior to being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. After completing Airborne and Ranger schools, he served with the 7th Cavalry in South Korea. He later received training with Companies A 6th and 7th Special Forces group from Fort Bragg. He received training in several special areas and countries before serving with MACV in South Vietnam. On May 23rd, 1968. Major "Ray" Schrump was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War. He was moved around Il different camps prior to being released during Operation Homecoming on February 12th, 1973. He was hospitalized to recover from his injuries and later retired on December 1st, 1973 as Lt. Colonel.

    The commission advises the governor on matters pertaining to veterans in North Carolina. There are 13 members on the commission. each serving a four-year term. The governor appoints all members.

    North Carolina Education Assistance Authority

         •  Larry Gracie (Pamlico County) - Dr. Gracie has over 35 years of experience in higher education working with both universities and community colleges, including most recently Pamlico Community Colleges from 2008-2013. He is retired and remains active with various community groups such as the NC Baptist Men. He holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University and a Masters from Texas A&M.

         •  Chandler Thompson (Guilford County) - Thompson is the Coordinator of Annual Giving for Elon University. In this role, she is responsible for working with class reunion programs and the senior class giving campaign. She earned her master's degree from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's of economics from N.C. State University where she served as student body president.

    The North Carolina Education Assistance Authority advises the general administration of the University of North Carolina in the planning, support and operation of student financial aid programs for the UNC system. The board has seven members, all appointed by the governor, who serve four year terms.

    State Board of Proprietary Schools

         •  Frank Emory (Jones County) - Commissioner Emory owns a construction company in Jones County. He currently serves as a county commissioner in Jones County. Additionally, he serves on the Lenoir Community College Advisory Board, East Carolina Workforce Development Board, and Jones County Health Board (Chairman). Emory has also been an instructor of building construction at the community college level and helped prepare students for the general contractors licensing exam.

    The board shall have general supervision over proprietary schools in the state, the object of said supervision being to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by having the proprietary schools maintain adequate, safe, sanitary school quarters, sufficient and proper facilities and equipment, sufficient and qualified teaching and administrative staff, and satisfactory programs of operation and instruction, and to have the school carry out IT advertised promises and contracts made with its students and patrons.

    North Carolina Turnpike Authority

         •  Montell W. Irvin (Wake County) - Irvin is the owner, President, and CEO of Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc., a transportation engineering firm in Raleigh. He is active in numerous organizations and societies, including the American Council of Engineering Consultants, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Highway Engineers.

    The purpose of the board is to develop, design, establish, purchase, construct, operate and maintain three Turnpike Projects: to study. plan, develop and undertake preliminary design work on three additional Turnpike projects; to rent, lease, purchase. acquire, own, encumber, dispose of, or mortgage real or personal property, including the power to acquire property by eminent domain; to fix, revise, charge, and collect tolls and fees for the use of the Turnpike Projects; to issue bonds or notes of the Authority; etc.

    Contact: Crystal Feldman

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