Rick Carlisle, J. Clark Plexico are newest members of university board of trustees

CULLOWHEE — Former N.C. Secretary of Commerce Rick Carlisle and AT&T executive J. Clark Plexico are the newest members of the Western Carolina University board of trustees.

Carlisle and Plexico were recently appointed by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors to four-year terms, beginning July 1. They will be filling seats currently held by Adelaide Daniels Key of Asheville, co-owner of The Mountaineer Publishing Co. in Waynesville and chair of the WCU board, and retired Dayco Corp. vice president Sam L. Wiggins of Waynesville, whose terms expire June 30.

Carlisle, a native of Charlotte now living in Carrboro, served as secretary of commerce under Gov. Jim Hunt from May 1998 through January 2001, when he became chief executive officer of the N.C. Economic Opportunity Fund. He has been involved in state economic development and public policy roles since 1978.

Plexico is AT&T’s president of law and government affairs for North and South Carolina. Formerly of Hendersonville and now living in Raleigh, he was a state senator from 1990 until 1996, representing the 29th senatorial district and serving as co-chair of the education appropriations committee.

In addition to the appointment of Carlisle and Plexico as new trustees at WCU, the UNC Board of Governors reappointed Hendersonville businessman Thomas M. Apodaca and Hickory banking executive Phillip D. Walker to their second four-year terms.

Gov. Mike Easley also reappointed two members to the WCU board – Knoxville businessman William Ted Phillips Jr. and Mars Hill entrepreneur Genevieve Whitmire Burda.

The UNC Board of Governors elects four trustees for each of the 16 UNC institutions, and the governor appoints two, every four years. No trustee may serve more than two full four-year terms consecutively.