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2024A. Dale Jenkins, Former Chief Executive Officer of CuriMitch Gillespie, Former former Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
2023Willie A. Deese, Former President of Merck & Co., Inc.Michael A. Sprayberry, Former Director of North Carolina’s Division of Emergency Management
2022J. Bradley Wilson, Former President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North CarolinaSenator Kay Hagan
Karen Cochrane-Brown, Former Division Director, North Carolina General Assembly
2021Drs. Eunice and Joe Dudley, Sr., Founders, Dudley Beauty Corp.The Honorable Dennis Wicker, Former North Carolina Lt. Governor
2020George H.V. Cecil, Chairman, Biltmore FarmsBrigadier General (Retired) James R. Gorham
2019David Congdon, Executive Chairman and former CEO, Old Dominion Freight LineStephen Scott, Former President of Wake Technical Community College
2018Allen E. Gant, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Glen Raven, Inc.Dr. June Atkinson, Former State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina
2017Thomas E. Skains, former CEO, President and Chair, Piedmont Natural GasRichard Y. Stevens, former North Carolina State Senator
2016Susan Cameron, President and CEO, Reynolds American Inc.Thomas W. Ross, Former President of the University of North Carolina System
Scott Ralls, Former President of the North Carolina Community College System
2015Stan Kelly, Retired Wells Fargo Executive; President and CEO, Piedmont Triad PartnershipThe Honorable Sarah Parker, Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
2014O. Temple Sloan Jr., Founder and Chair, CARQUEST/General Parts InternationalThe Honorable Jim Crawford, Former N.C. House Representative
2013The Honorable Wendell H. Murphy, Previous Chairman and CEO, Murphy FarmsThe Honorable David Hoyle, Former Secretary of Revenue
2012James Maynard, Chairman and CEO, Investors Management Company; Chairman, Golden Corral CorporationCongressman Howard Coble, NC-6th U.S. Congress
2011Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr., Chairman and Former CEO, Martin Marietta MaterialsErskine B. Bowles, Co-Chairman National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility & Reform
2010Robert A. Ingram, General Partner, Hatteras Venture PartnersThe Honorable Howard N. Lee, Executive Director, The North Carolina Education Cabinet
2009John A. Allison, IV; Chairman and former CEO of BB&TMichael F. Easley, Governor, North Carolina
2008James B. Hyler Jr., Former Vice Chaiman and COO of First Citizens BankH. Martin Lancaster, President of the North Carolina Community College System
2007Thomas W. Bradshaw Managing Director and Co-Head of theTransportation Group for Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr., Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
2006Smedes York, President, York PropertiesHenry Frye, Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
2005Edward Smith Jr., Chairman and CEO, Grady-White Boats Inc.Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors, M.I.C. Industries
2004Bert Collins, Chairman and CEO, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co.Burley Mitchell Jr., Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
2003John F. McNair III, Retired President, Wachovia BankThe Rev. Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
2002Russell J. Robinson II, Founding Partner in Russell, Bradshaw & HinsonJames G. Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Co.
2001Paul J. Rizzo, Former Dean of the Kenan Flagler Business SchoolSen. Jesse Helms, Veteran member of the U.S. Senate
2000Hugh L. McColl Jr., Chairman and CEO, Bank of AmericaJames B. Hunt Jr., Governor, State of North Carolina
1999Louie Woodbury Jr., President, Woodbury & Co.Elizabeth Aycock, Secretary, Research Triangle Park
1998John Medlin, Chairman, WachoviaDr. Dallas Herring, Former Chairman, State Board of Education
1997Sherwood H. Smith Jr., Chairman, CP&LC. D. Spangler, Former President UNC System
1996John A. Forlines Jr., Chairman & CEO, Bank of GraniteHugh McRae Morton, President and Owner, Grandfather Mountain
1995William S. Lee, Former NCCBI ChairmanJames E. Holshouser Jr., Former Governor
1994C. Felix Harvey, Former NCCBI ChairmanDr. Jay M. Robinson, Educator
1993W. Roger Soles, Former NCCBI ChairmanJames G. Martin, Former Governor
1992Ralph W. Ketner, Chairman Emeritus, Food LionC. C. Cameron, Former NCCBI Chairman, State Budget Director
1991Thomas J. Hackney Jr., Former NCCBI ChairmanL. Richardson Preyer, Former Congressman
1990W. David Stedman, Chairman, W. David Stedman AssociatesIvie L. Clayton, Former NCCBI President
1989George R. Herbert, President, Research Triangle InstituteKenneth C. Royall Jr., Member, North Carolina Senate
1988John M. Belk, Chairman of the Board, Belk Stores Services Inc.Robert W. Scott, President, North Carolina Department of Community Colleges
1987Bland W. Worley, Retired Chairman of the Board, Barclays American CorporationHarlan E. Boyles, Treasurer State of North Carolina
1986Frank H. Kenan, Chairman, William R. Kenan Jr. FundJoseph Branch, Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court
1985C. C. Cameron, Chairman of Executive Committee, First Union CorporationJames T. Broyhill, Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Tenth District of North Carolina
1984Thomas H. Davis, Chairman of the Board, Piedmont AirlinesMary D.B.T. Semans, Chairman, The Duke Endowment
1983Carl Horn Jr., Former Chairman of the Board, Duke Power CompanyThad Eure, Secretary of State
1982J. Paul Sticht, Chairman of the Board & CEO, R.J. Reynolds Industries Inc.Dr. Juanita Kreps, Former U.S Secretary of Commerce
1981Edwin A. Morris, Former Chairman of the Board, Blue Bell Inc.Henry L. Bridges, Former State Auditor
1980Shearon Harris, Chairman of the Board, Carolina Power & Light Co.Susie Sharp, Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
1979Joseph M. Bryan, Insurance and Radio-Television Executive, Jefferson-Pilot CorporationTerry Sanford, President, Duke University
1978John F. Watlington Jr., Retired Chairman & CEO, The Wachovia Corporation and Wachovia Bank & Trust CompanyAlbert Coates, Professor Emeritus in the UNC Law School, Founder, Institute of Government
1977Holt McPherson, Editor Emeritus, The High Point EnterpriseJames A. Graham, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
1976Allen H. Sims, Former Chairman of the Board, Citizens National BankWilliam H. Bobbitt, Former Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court
1975Raymond A. Bryan, Chairman of the Board, T. A. Loving CompanySam J. Ervin Jr., Former United States Senator
1974Addison H. Reese, Chairman of the Board, North Carolina National BankWilliam C. Friday, President, University of North Carolina
1973Alex. H. Galloway, Chairman of the Board, R. J. Reynolds Industries Inc.Henry E. Kendall, Former Chairman, Employment Security, Commission of North Carolina
1972Archie K. Davis, Chairman of the Board, Wachovia Bank & Trust Company, N.ACharles R. Jonas, Member of US House of Representatives, Ninth District of North Carolina
1971J. E. Broyhill, Chairman of the Board, Broyhill IndustriesL. H. Fountain, Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Second District of North Carolina
1970Howard Holderness, Chairman of the Board, Jefferson-Pilot CorporationEdwin M. Gill, Treasurer, State of North Carolina
1969R. O. Huffman, Chairman of the Board, Drexel EnterprisesDaniel Killian Moore, Former Governor of North Carolina
1968Lloyd E. Griffin, Former Executive VP/ Secretary, North Carolina Citizens Association
1967Edwin Pate, President, Z.V. Pate Inc.
1966Emery Byrd Denny, Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court
1965B. Everett Jordan, United States Senator
1964R. Grady Rankin, President, Superior Yarn Mills
1963Sam J. Ervin Jr., United States Senator