Board of Trustees elects alumna Pat Kaemmerling as its chair

Patricia B. Kaemmerling is the new chair of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.

Patricia B. Kaemmerling, chief financial officer for Access Computers Inc. in Norcross, Georgia, has been elected chair of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.

Kaemmerling, a 1971 graduate of WCU and the trustees’ vice chair for the past two years, succeeds F. Edward “Ed” Broadwell Jr., an Asheville resident and former executive with HomeTrust Bank, as board chair. Broadwell rotated off the board in June after serving two four-year terms.

Election of officers was among the first order of business Friday, Sept. 15, as the board held its opening quarterly meeting of the 2017-18 academic year.

The board also elected J. Bryant Kinney, a public and government affairs executive in Charlotte and principal of Kinney Public Strategies, as vice chair. A 1982 graduate of WCU, Kinney was appointed to the board in 2015 by then-Gov. Pat McCrory.

Kenny Messer, president of Sartomer Americas in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was elected board secretary. Messer, a 1986 graduate of WCU, was appointed to the board by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 2013 and reappointed in July.

In addition to the election of officers, all by acclimation, the meeting including the administration of the oath of office to four newly elected and four re-elected board members.

New members sworn in by Claire Collins (center), assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees, are (from left) Haden Boliek, Robert C. Roberts, Rebecca H. Schlosser and Timothy W. Haskett.

New members of the board this year are Haden Boliek of Fayetteville, who earned her master’s degree at WCU in 1994 and is founder of Pediatric Developmental Therapy Inc.; Sylva native Timothy W. Haskett of Kings Mountain, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1982 and master’s degree in business administration in 1984, both at WCU, and who has held a variety of finance-related positions with Duke Energy; Robert C. Roberts of Asheville, regional executive vice president for First Citizens Bank & Trust Co.; and Rebecca H. Schlosser, a community volunteer and former educator from Greensboro who earned her bachelor’s degree at WCU in 1973.

Reappointees to the board this year, in addition to Messer, are Joyce Conseen Dugan, former principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a retired Cherokee educator who earned her bachelor’s degree in 1975 and her master’s degree in 1981, both from WCU; Mooresville resident Gaither Keener, a 1972 graduate of WCU and former chief legal counsel for Lowe’s Companies Inc.; and John Lupoli, a Highlands homebuilder and former chair of the N.C. Small Town Main Street economic restructuring committee.

The WCU Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members, including eight elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, four appointed by the General Assembly, and the university’s Student Government Association president, who serves in an ex-officio capacity.