August 16, 2016
Six leaders with ties to Louisburg College have been tapped to be members of the Board of Trustees of the school, joining 26 others to oversee the only residential two-year college in North Carolina.
Trustees serve four-year terms. Their responsibilities include setting educational and financial policies and ensuring sound resource management of Louisburg College.
The new trustees:
Bill Boddie, Jr. of Nashville, a 2005 graduate of Louisburg College who attended N.C. State University, is Operations/Services manager for Boddie-Noell Enterprises in Rocky Mount, a third-generation family-owned restaurant and real estate company. Boddie is also District Manager of Highway Diner in Rocky Mount. He is a member of Leadership of Rocky Mount (2012), volunteers with Boy Scouts Troop 7 and “Keeping America Beautiful” in Rocky Mount, and captains his company’s Relay for Life team. Boddie’s father, grandfather, brothers and uncle are also Louisburg College alumni.
Steven E. Brooks of Durham served as executive director of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority from 1997 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to joining SEAA, he was involved for 20 years in student financial aid administration at Wake Forest University and Louisburg College. He holds a bachelor of arts degree (1971), master of arts (1974) and doctor of education (1986) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Student Clearinghouse, the National Council of Higher Education Resources, and Mapping Your Future. He also serves as the Parliamentarian for the College Board and on the Advisory Board for The Completion Arch™.
Linda Funke Johnson of Fuquay-Varina, mother of a 2016 Louisburg College graduate, is an attorney specializing in estate planning and probate law. Johnson, a court-appointed public administrator for Wake County, graduated from Fairfield University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and earned her law degree in 1985 from J.D. Quinnipiac University School of Law. She has published numerous legal papers and served as a panelist on estate and probate issues in North Carolina. Among her many civic activities, she is a member of the Fuquay-Varina Planning Board, member of the Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association and was named 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce.
Bill Norris of Wilmington is the son of the late Allen Norris, former Louisburg College president, and Beth Norris, a former member of the college Board of Trustees. He is a 1982 Louisburg College graduate, attended Wake Forest University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in business administration from Western Carolina University. He is senior vice president of First Citizens Bank, serves as a board member and finance chair of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a longtime member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and is a board member of both the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Ward Sylvester III of Richlands attended Louisburg College for two years before transferring to UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1985. He owns and operates 16 Piggly Wiggly grocery stores and is past president of the North Carolina Food Dealers Association. Sylvester, given the Spirit of America award by the National Grocers Association, has also served on the association’s board of directors. He was Richlands' Citizen of the Year, awarded by the Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member and a past president of the Richlands Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Trustees of Coastal Carolina Community College Foundation and a member of Richlands United Methodist Church.
Jason A. Williams of Raleigh is president and CEO of PRTI, an environmental technology company based in Franklinton that converts used tires into useful commodities with zero waste. He gave Louisburg College’s commencement address in May. In 2001, Williams founded Urgent Cares of America (the predecessor to FastMed), which became the nation’s second-largest privately owned urgent care company. Williams earned bachelor degrees in cellular physiology and allied healthcare from Methodist University in 1998, attended Yale University for advanced training in orthopedics and general surgery, and received his master’s degree in allied healthcare from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in 2004. He was awarded a doctorate of humanities from Methodist University for his work as a disruptive innovator in health care and for his philanthropy in health care.
Bill Boddie, Jr.