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Board of Directors

* denotes executive committee member

  • Peyton Anderson, MBA
    Affinergy, Inc.
  • John L. Atkins III, FAIA*
    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Chairman and CEO
    O'Brien/Atkins Associates, PA
  • Mr. John (Jack) Bailey
    Senior Vice President, Policy, Payers and Vaccines
  • George B. Briggs
    Executive Director
    The North Carolina Arboretum
  • Christopher S. Brown, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Research and Graduate Education
    The University of North Carolina
  • Goldie S. Byrd, Ph.D.
    Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences
    NC A&T State University
  • Lawrence Carin, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost for Research
    Duke University
  • John F.A.V. Cecil*
    Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
    Biltmore Farms LLC
  • Michael T. Constantino*
    Office Managing Partner
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Richard H. Dean, M.D.*
    Retired President and CEO
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Douglas Edgeton
    Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor for Research
    Kenan Distinguished Professor
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Frank Grainger
    Fair Products, Inc.
  • John Jackson Hunt
    Emeritus Board Member from 7/1/13 – 6/30/16
  • Roger W. Knight*
    Roger W. Knight, P.A.
  • Carol A. Marino
    Managing Director
    Syngenta Ventures
  • Patricia R. Morton*​​PRM Advisors, LLC
  • Arthur M. Pappas*
    Managing Partner
    Pappas Ventures
  • Joshua L. Price
    Senior IP Counsel
    Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Milton L. Prince
    President and CEO
    Coastal Carolina Cotton Gins
  • John C. Rabby
    RE Inc.
  • R. Scott Ralls, Ph.D.
    North Carolina Community College System
  • Hazell Reed, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development
    North Carolina Central University
  • Gerald F. Roach*
    Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP
  • Lynne Scott Safrit, CCIM, CCP*
    Castle & Cooke, North Carolina
  • John Skvarla
    Secretary, Department of Commerce
    State of North Carolina
  • Steve Troxler
    North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Michael R. Van Scott, Ph.D.
    Chief Research Officer, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
    Division of Research and Graduate Studies
    East Carolina University
  • Bhaskar R. Venepalli, Ph.D., MBA, FRSC
    President and Chief Executive Officer
  • P. Kay Wagoner, Ph.D.
    Wagoner Discovery and Development Consulting, LLC
  • Eric R. Ward, Ph.D.
    AgBiome, Inc.
  • Robert G. Wilhelm, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor, Research & Economic Development
    Executive Director, Charlotte Research Institute
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science
    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Benjamin R. Yerxa, Ph.D.
    Chief Scientific Officer
    Liquidia Technologies

Board Staff:

  • William Pappas
    Counsel and Assistant Secretary
    Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein L.L.P.
  • Judy Orchard
    Senior Executive Assistant