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Board of Trustees vice chair joins Charlotte firm

East Carolina University Board of Trustees vice chair Robert Brinkley, an ECU alumnus, has joined the Charlotte real estate firm Womble Carlyle.



“Womble Carlyle is known for its outstanding real estate practice, and the firm has a strong presence in Charlotte, so this will be a good fit for me and my clients,” Brinkley said. “I believe my clients will appreciate Womble Carlyle’s client-focused, value-centered approach.”

He is the Past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Real Property Section, and has been a Member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use Committee and is a previous Chair of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use Committee.

In addition to his work as a real estate attorney, Brinkley practices in the areas of banking, corporate and educational law. He also is very engaged in many community, civic and charitable activities. He currently is completing his second term as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Providence Day School and his second term as a Member of the Wake Forest Law Board of Visitors.

Brinkley brings more than 30 years of real estate law experience to Womble Carlyle. He has led numerous major commercial development projects in the region, including bringing mixed-use developments to Uptown Charlotte, helping a Fortune 200 relocate a major division to Charlotte and developing a 950,000-square-foot high-rise office building in Uptown Charlotte. He also has worked extensively on high-profile economic development projects, working with government, community and business leaders to help bring jobs and investment to the region.

He has served on ECU’s Board of Trustees since 2007.

Trustees: ECU must prepare for cuts

East Carolina University needs to prepare for stressful changes as the state legislature eyes a budget that sharply shrinks government, members of the board of trustees said today in a budget update and discussion.  “It comes down to we’re going to have to do some uncomfortable things, such as eliminate some schools and ask students to pay,” said trustee Bob Greczyn. Read more at