New members seated on ECU board

Robert V. “Bobby” Owens, left, and Edwin L. Clark, right, were sworn in Friday morning at the trustees meeting. At far right is Clark’s mother, Janie Clark. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

By Mary Schulken
ECU Director of Public Affairs


East Carolina University welcomed two new board members Friday, Sept. 23.

Robert V. “Bobby” Owens and Edwin L. Clark took their oaths as members of the ECU board of trustees.

“We are pleased to have both of them. They are two excellent choices,” said Bob Lucas, chair of the board.

Owens, of Manteo, is in the food business and has served on a number of statewide appointive boards, including the N.C. Utilities Commission, the N.C. Bank Commission, the University Health Systems board, the N.C. Parks and Recreation Commission and the N.C. Tax Study Commission. He also served 21 years on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, chairing the board for 13 of those years. He received the Dare County Businessman of the Year award and the Manteo Citizen of the Year Award for his support of education and technology in Dare County schools.

“I have been on a lot of boards and commissions in North Carolina and I think this is one of the best,” Owens said. “It’s going to be a challenge but it’s going to be a pleasure to work on behalf of East Carolina University.”

Clark, of Greenville, is executive vice president of WilcoHess, LLC, a company owned partly by the families who started Trade Oil Company in 1984. He also serves as managing member of Amicus Investments, LLC, a private equity investment company. Clark graduated from ECU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He serves on the executive board of the ECU Education Foundation.

Clark noted that he has been a member of a family with a history of supporting the university. He said, “I am so excited and pleased to be a part of this. I am excited to continue and help ECU any way we can.”

Owens and Clark were appointed earlier this month by Gov. Bev. Perdue. Their terms are four years.


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