Mar 222013



By Ginger Livingston

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Greenville radio personality and media company owner was appointed to the UNC Board of Governors, House Speaker Thom Tillis announced.

Henry Hinton, president and general manager of Inner Banks Media, is one of eight people elected by the House on Wednesday.

“I’ve been involved with the universities in North Carolina for a long time; it seems like forever,” he said. “I felt like I have some ideas and knowledge to contribute.”

Hinton, who served on Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign finance committee, his desire to serve on the Board of Governors to the governor. State. Rep. Brian Brown, R-Pitt, nominated him for the position.

Hinton joins Harry Smith Jr., Robert Sterling Rippy and John Craig Souza as one four East Carolina University graduates appointed this year.

Hinton he understands it is the first time so many ECU graduates have served on the board.

“It signals a new approach of getting people from across the state. We’ve had a difficult time getting East Carolina alumni on the board, not only East Carolina alumni but people east of I-95,” Hinton said.

Officials with the UNC system couldn’t confirm that information.

Hinton, Smith and Rippy also are among five eastern North Carolina residents appointed to the board by this legislature.

Hinton said he is glad to see so many appointees have a business background because they will bring a fresh approach and accountability to the Board of Governors.

Inner Banks Media owns and operates four FM radio stations in eastern North Carolina along with a cable television station.

“I don’t enter into this with any specific agenda other than to try to be an asset to the university (system) and the state and to bring some new ideas to the governance of the system,” he said.

“It’s going to take a while to learn what the issues are. I’m happy the House of Representatives was interested in my background and a business approach.”

The other House appointees include:

Rodney Hood, from Durham, director of National Partnerships at JP Morgan Chase and Company.

W.G. Champion Mitchell, from New Bern, a retired attorney. He served on the President’s Policy Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations for President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Former Rep. Laura I. Wiley, from High Point, who served from 2005-2011. She is a former member of the High Point City Council.

R. Doyle Parrish, from Raleigh, CEO of Summit Hospitality Group, which owns and manages 16 hotels.

Roger Aiken, from Alexander, is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors in Asheville.

Dr. Joan Templeton Perry, from Kinston, She is a licensed pediatrician and former Morehead Scholar.

James E. “Jim” Nance, from Albemarle, is a former dealer and president of Confederate Motors Inc. and managing member of North State Acquisitions.

Every two years, the General Assembly selects 16 people to serve on the 32-member Board of Governors. They serve four-year terms which begin July 1.

Contact Ginger Livingston at or 252-329-9570.

via The Daily Reflector.


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