WCU BOARD WELCOMES GEORGE LITTLE
Southern Pines businessman George W. Little, former secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Economic Resources and a 2004 candidate for N.C. governor, is filling a vacant seat on the Western Carolina University board of trustees created by the death earlier this year of his wife, Teena S. Little.
Appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve the remaining three years of his spouse's term, Little was sworn in as a member of Western's board as part of its quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 1.
Steve Warren, chairman of the board, officially welcomed Little as the university's newest trustee.
“We want to, first and foremost, let you know that we share in your sense of loss at the passing of Teena, and we are very grateful that you have accepted our invitation to join us,” Warren said. “There is no one else who could bring an equal amount of enthusiasm and dedication to the quality of education for our students at Western, which is the reason we all are here.”
Upon taking the oath of office, Little said he would work hard to live up to the standards set by his wife. Teena Little, a former state senator and retired public school teacher, died in May after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“I get a little emotional when I talk about Teena,” he said. “She loved this university, and she loved education. She made so many significant contributions to education in this state over her adult life. I will try to fill her shoes as best I can.”
In other action, the board elected its slate of officers for the 2006-07 academic year.
Warren, an Asheville attorney, was unanimously re-elected to a second term as board chair. The board also re-elected Joan MacNeill, a community leader and entrepreneur from Webster, to serve as vice chair of the board, and Mars Hill entrepreneur Genevieve Whitmire Burda to another term as secretary.
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