The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has announced five appointments to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, all of whom will serve four-year terms running through June 30, 2016. Four of the five are current board members who have been reappointed.
The reappointed board members are Robert D. Teer of Durham, who is the current chairman of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees; William W. Mance, Jr., of Asheville; Assad Meymandi of Raleigh; and Carl V. Venters, Jr., of Wilmington. Appointed to a first term on the board is J. Donald Coleman of Hickory.
Mr. Teer is president and principal owner of Teer Associates, a commercial real estate development firm based in Research Triangle Park. The firm has worked with many major corporate clients in the region, including Sigma Xi, BiogenIdec Inc., United Therapeutics, Verizon, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, SunTrust, Nortel, Research Triangle Institute, and Synthon Pharmaceuticals. He began his real estate career developing in Research Triangle Park in 1969. Mr. Teer also served in the United States Army Reserve for 28 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is active in numerous civic and professional organizations including the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, chairman of the Triangle USO of North Carolina, the Research Triangle Park Board of Design, and many others.
Dr. Meymandi is a noted psychiatrist, humanist, and philanthropist, who frequently speaks and writes on diverse topics that relate to his interests in medicine, the arts, religion, and philanthropy. Dr. Meymandi earned his M.D. degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds Ph.D.s in both biochemistry and philosophy, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities. A longtime resident of Raleigh, he is in private practice as a psychiatrist and neurologist, and serves as adjunct professor of psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill. He has been a recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the highest North Carolina civilian award, and was recently named to the Raleigh Hall of Fame.
Mr. Venters is a longtime broadcaster, owning, managing, and operating a number of radio and television stations in North Carolina and elsewhere. Mr. Venters is credited with a host of professional and civic activities and accomplishments, including service as president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, vice chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, and service on the Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association. Currently, he is chairman of the North Carolina State Emergency Communications Committee and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Mr. Venters was elected to the Hall of Fame of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters in 1995.
Mr. Mance is a retired vice president of human resources for Mission Hospitals in Asheville, and he has also been a consultant to clients in the medical community. Prior to his role at Mission Hospitals, Mr. Mance worked in a variety of roles in human resources and training, primarily in the medical industry in western North Carolina. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps from 1962 to 1978, and he is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is also a franchise owner for Leadership Management, Inc. He is active in a host of civic and professional organizations, including the Military Officers Association of America, as well as a variety of organizations in western North Carolina.
Mr. Coleman retired as the chief executive officer of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company at the end of 2011 after 39 years in the industry. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Coleman is the conductor of the well-known Hickory Choral Society, a position he has held since 1978. He also serves on the board of directors of numerous business, professional, and civic organizations, including the Wells Fargo Advisory Board of Western North Carolina, the Frye Regional Hospital (past chairman), the American Home Furnishings Association Foundation (chairman), the AFMA Suppliers Division (past chairman), the American Furniture Hall of Fame board (past chairman), the North Carolina Community Foundation, the Catawba County Juvenile Diabetes Association (past chairman), and the North Carolina Furniture Export board.
UNC-TV Director and General Manager Tom Howe praised the appointments, saying, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to benefit from the wise counsel and leadership of Robb Teer, Bill Mance, Assad Meymandi and Carl Venters, and we are pleased to welcome Don Coleman to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees. We have had the opportunity to work with Don in the past in his capacity as conductor of the Hickory Choral Society, and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board.”
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