UNC Wilmington Board of Trustees Swears in New Officers

Linda A. Pearce, UNCW Board of Trustee Chair

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Friday, August 24, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Board of Trustees elected new officers for the 2012-13 academic year during a campus meeting on Friday, Aug. 24, including the first African American woman to serve as chair.

New officers are Linda A. Pearce of Wilmington, chair; Wendy F. Murphy of Wallace, vice chair; and Britt A. Preyer of Greensboro, secretary.

Pearce, CEO of Elderhaus, Inc. in Wilmington, is serving a second term on the Board of Trustees that ends in 2013. She grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Williston Senior High School, an African American high school that closed in 1968 following integration of New Hanover County schools. Pearce and other members of the Williston High School Alumni Association founded and support a scholarship at UNCW.

She left the Port City to earn a bachelor's degree in English/Spanish from North Carolina College in Durham (now North Carolina Central University) and a master's degree in adult education/gerontology from the University of the District of Columbia. She worked at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for 13 years.

Pearce returned to Wilmington in 1980 to care for an aging aunt and founded Elderhaus a year later. She is a state visitor on the Duke University Minority Advisory Committee on Alzheimer's Disease, the eastern district representative to the N.C. Day Adult Day Care Association and member of the N.C Association on Aging Board of Directors.

Murphy, a 1993 graduate of UNCW in elementary education, is a former chair of the Board of Trustees. She is an active community volunteer who serves on the Watson College of Education Advisory Board and the Harrells Christian Academy Board of Directors. She is serving a second term on the Board of Trustees that ends in 2015.

Earlier this year, she and her husband endowed the Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professorship in Education that emphasizes innovation, school reform and research in policy and practice.

Preyer, a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, is a member of the UNCG Excellence Foundation, Presbyterian Homes Foundation, Richardson Corporation Board of Directors and several other charitable trusts and foundations. A graduate of Davidson College, he created the Preyer Family Scholarship to benefit students who major in marine biology. He is serving a second term on the Board of Trustees that ends in 2013.

Media contact:
Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910.962-7631 or weavera@uncw.edu