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Board of Trustees

Janet Cowell, State Treasurer

(Chair, ex officio)

Treasurer CowellJanet Cowell is North Carolina's 27th popularly elected Treasurer and the first woman to win the post. As the state's fiscal adviser, Treasurer Cowell oversees more than $74 billion in pension fund investments, affecting more than 850,000 public employees. In addition, Treasurer Cowell manages the issuance of several billion dollars of debt each year and helps local government units monitor their financial condition. Prior to her service as Treasurer, Ms. Cowell represented Wake County in the N.C. Senate and served on the Raleigh City Council.

Lee Harriss Roberts, State Budget Director

(ex officio)

Lee Harriss RobertsLee Harriss Roberts became State Budget Director in September 2014 on the appointment of Governor Pat McCrory. He has spent most of his career in banking and finance, most recently as managing director of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings and as chief operating officer of Piedmont's principal subsidiary, VantageSouth Bancshares, based in Raleigh. He was previously a partner at Cherokee Investment Partners, a Raleigh-based real estate private equity fund.

Prior to joining Cherokee, he spent nine years with Morgan Stanley & Co. in London and New York, focused on real estate investment banking. He began his career practicing law in Washington, D.C.

Roberts serves or has served on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations, including the North Carolina Banking Commission, the Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas, the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, the Duke Alumni Association, and Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. He is an elder at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization. He earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Paul Cunningham, M.D.

Dean, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (Treasurer's Appointee)

Paul Cunningham Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, FACS is the Dean and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. Since the inception of his career in 1979, he has published articles on renal transplantation, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cunningham continues to be active in all aspects of Clinical and Academic General Surgery. He has a current focus in the areas of Trauma and Bariatric Surgery. He is also interested in the application of computer technologies for the benefit of patient care. This has included work with automated collision notification, as well as clinical information database development. Dr. Cunningham has a specific interest in the mentoring and career development of minority students in surgery. Dr. Cunningham resides in Pitt County.

Virginia "Kim" Hargett

Teacher (Governor Appointee)

Kim HargettKim Hargett, a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in early and middle childhood physical education, is a 23-year veteran teacher employed at Union County Public Schools as a physical education teacher at Marshville Elementary School. Ms. Hargett served on the North Carolina Association of Educators Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011, representing 10 counties in the central region of the state. She remains active with the Union County affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators. Ms. Hargett, who comes from a family of public school educators, has a bachelor's degree in political science/criminal justice from N.C. State University and a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification from UNC-Greensboro. She is a native of Wingate and resides in Marshville.

Noah Huffstetler

Attorney, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Senate Appointee)

Noah HuffstetlerNoah H. Huffstetler III is the managing partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Raleigh Office. He practices in the areas of health care law, administrative law, and business and appellate litigation. Mr. Huffstetler is a noted lecturer in health care law, having participated in programs sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Hospital Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Duke University Graduate Program in Health Care Administration. Active in the community, Mr. Huffstetler serves on the Board of Directors of St. Timothy's School and the Executive Committee of the Triangle Heart Ball. Mr. Huffstetler resides in Raleigh.

Charles Johnson

Correctional Captain, Central Prison (Senate Appointee)

Bill MedlinCharles Johnson is a Correctional Captain at Central Prison in Raleigh and has 22 years of service in the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Capt. Johnson is a current member of the Justice Education and Standards Commission. Johnson is a Gulf War I veteran who served with the United States Marine Corps. Charles Johnson was elected president of the State Employees Association of North Carolina in September 2010 and served two terms. He also served two terms on the International Executive Board of the Service Employees International Union.

Bill Medlin

Associate Executive Director, Professional Educators of NC (House Appointee)

Bill MedlinMr. Medlin is a retired Health/Physical Education instructor and Athletic Administrator. His 29 years of service to the teaching profession have proven to be an asset to PENC. He serves in a management role for the home office and is involved with recruitment and membership. In addition to his day-to-day duties he also serves on the Recruiting and Scholarship Executive Board Committees. Mr. Medlin resides in Moore County.

G. Genell Moore

Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System (Governor Appointee)

Genell MooreMs. Moore is a Vice President with the Carolinas HealthCare System. In her role, she has administrative oversight and strategic planning responsibilities for Compensation Administration, Benefits Planning, Employee Health, Workers' Compensation and Human Resources Operations, which includes Benefits Administration, Leave of Absence Administration, Return to Work and Records Management. She also provides HR leadership for acquisitions and mergers.

She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, serves on the United Way of Central Carolinas Human Resources Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Ms. Moore resides in Charlotte.

Warren Newton, M.D., M.PH.

Vice Dean for Education, UNC School of Medicine (House Appointee)

Warren NewtonWarren P. Newton has served as the Vice Dean for Education and Chief Education Officer at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine since September 1, 2008. In this capacity he is responsible for the curriculum and programs for medical students, continuing medical education, and he also contributes to the direction of Graduate Medical Education at UNC Hospitals. He is actively involved with AHEC and the planning of the expansion of UNC medical schools, residencies and practice support across the state. Dr. Newton resides in Orange County.

David Rubin

Professor Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School (Treasurer's Appointee)

David RubinProfessor Rubin is a retired professor with the Kenan-Flagler Business School, where his research and teaching interests include statistics and quantitative approaches to management. While at UNC, Professor Rubin served on the Faculty Welfare Committee and the University Insurance Committee, which he chaired. Professor Rubin resides in Chapel Hill.

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