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Gov’ Bev Appoints Two To State’s Board Of Trustees

June 25, 2009 link

Perdue appointed Randall C. “Randy” Ramsey of Beaufort, the founder, president and chief executive of Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales, and reappointed Norris Tolson, the chief executive of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, to the university’s Board of Trustees.

Ramsey serves as vice president of the N.C. State Student Aid Association, also known as the Wolfpack Club, and is a current member of the N.C. State Alumni Association, the State Club and the N.C. State Council on Athletics.

Tolson was initially appointed to the board last month to complete the term of former Chairman McQueen Campbell, who resigned amid questions over his role in N.C. State’s 2005 hiring of Mary Easley, the wife of former Gov. Mike Easley.

Tolson earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science and agribusiness from N.C. State and has served as state commerce, transportation and revenue secretary and in the General Assembly.

On the surface, the appointment of the vice president of the Wolfpack Club should bode well for those of us with a heavy interest in the health of the athletics department at State. I’ll admit my ignorance of Ramsey as a person and his opinions on the matter of State sports. Is he a status quo guy versus someone looking to make changes? I don’t know at this point; perhaps someone reading who knows Ramsey and can vouch for him can offer up a more educated opinion.

But given all the sourness surrounding State’s association with folks in the governor’s office of late, I’m not too high on any of the appointments that come from the governor. The backroom dealings of McQueen and Easley will probably ensure my continued skepticism of gubernatorial appointees — and the BOT in general — for some time to come.

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