By Abbie Bennett
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Greenville Councilman Max Joyner Jr., along with four others, will be sworn in Thursday to the East Carolina University Board of Trustees.
Joyner, who did not file for re-election to the City Council, said he was proud to have an opportunity to serve on the board and to have a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“My daddy was on the board from 1984 to 1992 and was also chairman,” Joyner said. “Any time I can do something my father did, I’ll do it. I’m trying to walk in his footsteps a little bit. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him.”
Joyner said last week that he was waiting for official word about his appointment by Gov. Pat McCrory before announcing his plans.
“I’d like to thank the governor for having the confidence to appoint me to the board,” he said. “It feels really great. It’s going to be time-consuming, but it’s something I’m going to love to do. I went to ECU and grew up a block from the stadium.”
Joyner said he has been in orientation meetings this week in preparation for becoming an official member of the board.
Dr. Rick Croskery, who filed Friday for Joyner’s District 5 seat on the council, said in an interview last week that Joyner let him in on his plans.
“He called me to let me know that he wasn’t going to be filing and we chatted about that,” Croskery said. “I congratulated him on his appointment to the board and I hope he will be able to do a good job with that.”
Sworn in along with Joyner on Thursday will be Vern Davenport of Wake Forest, who also was appointed by McCrory; and Terry Yeargan of Willow Springs and Bob Plybon of Greensboro, who were appointed by the UNC Board of Governors.
ECU Student Government Association President Timothy Schwan of Hampstead also will be sworn in Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute on ECU’s Health Science’s Campus.
As of 5 p.m. on Monday, Croskery was the only candidate to file for Joyner’s District 5 seat.
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via The Daily Reflector.