107 Tobe Bridge Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Appointed by the Board of Governors
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019
Tim Haskett’s WCU roots are deep. He grew up less than 10 miles from the university
in Sylva, NC. His mother, Jimmie Lee Blanton Haskett, graduated from WCU in 1953
with her teaching degree. In 1979 he followed her to WCU and graduated in 1982 with
a BSBA, majoring in Accounting, and then in 1984 with his MBA. While at WCU, he met
and married his wife, Donna Carpenter Haskett, who also graduated from WCU with her
BSEd in 1985. Aside from his immediate family, WCU has also supplied fantastic educational
and employment opportunities to many of his extended family members who are from Jackson
WCU has always been on the cutting edge of education and Tim has benefited. As a
local high school student he was fortunate to participate in the late 1970’s in a
WCU pilot program similar to many high school’s current Early College Program. When
he graduated from high school with the help of this program and former WCU professors
like Ron Marshall and Max Williams who participated in the program, he was already
a sophomore at WCU. This was a welcome opportunity to a student of modest means.
While in graduate school, he was Graduate Assistant in the School of Business where
he taught introductory accounting, tutored undergraduates in the Accounting Lab, and
got to work for fantastic professors like John Beagle and Jack Barnette. But he also
took advantage of other summer and part-time student employment opportunities at WCU.
In those settings, individuals like Clifford Casey in Student Housing and Baxter Wood
at the University Center provided Tim with life lessons never taught in textbooks
that have stayed with him throughout his professional career.Because of the opportunities
and life lessons that the university has provided him, he wanted to give back to WCU
as a member of its Board of Trustees.
During his 33+ year career at Duke Energy, he has been held a wide variety finance
related positions in Transmission and Joint Owner Accounting, Treasury, Internal Audit
and Corporate Planning. In his current position, he leads Duke Energy Carolina’s
and Duke Energy Progress’s annual Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) rate formulation
process and handles the subsequent customer data requests, customer challenges and
negotiation of the final rate settlement. In addition to his Transmission responsibilities,
he leads the Catawba Nuclear Station Interconnection Agreement’s billing processes
for its joint owners. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Tim worked as a Personal Banker
for Wachovia Bank & Trust (now Wells Fargo).
Tim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Chartered
Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Tim and Donna have established the Haskett Phoenix Endowed Scholarship for the benefit
of WCU students aging out of foster care, emancipated youth, homeless, or wards of
the state who have a demonstrated financial need.
Also, Tim is currently the Chairperson of WCU’s Baxter Wood Family Scholarship Fund
and a member of the Catamount Club. Previously he was the Treasurer for the Delta
Alpha Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at WCU and a Boy and Cub Scout leader in
the Gaston County area.
Tim and Donna have three grown children, Andrew, Joseph, and Samantha. Tim and Donna
currently reside in Kings Mountain, NC. However, they frequently return to Jackson
County since his father and their son, Joseph, both reside in Sylva.