Four North Carolinians will be joining Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees following approval of their appointments Friday (May 19) by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Haden Boliek of Fayetteville and Robert C. Roberts of Asheville were appointed to full four-year terms on the WCU board that begin July 1. They are filling vacancies that will be created as current trustees F. Edward Broadwell Jr. of Asheville and Phil Drake of Franklin complete their terms in June.
Timothy W. Haskett of Kings Mountain and Rebecca H. Schlosser of Greensboro were appointed by the Board of Governors to serve out the last two years of the terms of Carolyn L. Coward of Asheville and Thomas Fetzer of Wilmington, both of whom have been appointed to fill seats on the UNC Board of Governors beginning July 1.
In addition to adding four new faces to the WCU Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors approved the reappointments of two current WCU trustees – Gaither Keener of Mooresville and Kenny D. Messer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – to four-year terms. Keener joined the trustees last October to fulfill an unexpired term and Messer has served on the board since July 2013.
Boliek earned her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at WCU and is founder of Pediatric Developmental Therapy Inc., a multidisciplinary practice offering speech, physical and occupational therapy. She also hosts the twice-a-month “Working Therapist Podcast.”
Roberts, a member of WCU’s Board of Visitors, is regional executive vice president for First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Roberts also serves as chairman of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and is immediate past chairman of Mission Healthcare System.
Haskett, a native of Sylva, earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration at WCU. He has held a variety of finance-related positions during his 32-year career with Duke Energy and is chairman of WCU’s Baxter Wood Family Scholarship Fund, in addition to being a member of the university’s Catamount Club.
Schlosser received her bachelor’s degree in education at WCU. She served on the university’s Board of Visitors for two years before joining WCU’s Foundation Board in 2016. A former high school teacher, Schlosser is currently a community volunteer.
WCU’s new trustees and two reappointees will be sworn in at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 15. The WCU Board of Trustees is comprised of 13 members, including eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the General Assembly, and the university’s Student Government Association president, who serves in an ex-officio capacity.