Advisory Board

Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Governor Hunt was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He grew up on a farm in Wilson County, where he and his wife now raise beef cattle. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1959 and a master’s in agricultural economics in 1962 from North Carolina State University. He earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1964. From 1964 to 1966, he served as a Ford Foundation economic advisor to Nepal. He served as lieutenant governor from 1973 to 1977 and as governor from 1977 to 1985. Reelected in 1992 and again in 1996, Governor Hunt served a historic fourth term.

Governor James G. Martin
Governor Martin was born in Savannah, Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in 1957 and his PH.D. from Princeton University in 1960. From 1960 to 1972 he taught chemistry at Davidson College. In 1966 he bagan the first of three terms as Mecklenburg County Commissioner and served as chair. He also founded the nine-county Centralina Council of Governments. He served as its chair from 1968 to 1972. In 1970, he was elected president on the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils. From 1973 to 1984, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. During his tenure, he chaired the House Republican Research Committee and served on the House Ways and Means Committee. He served as president of the Council of State Governments and chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Southern Technology Council. He was elected governor in November 1984 and reelected in November 1988.

Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.
Justice Mitchell retired as the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to head Womble Carlyle’s appellate advocacy and government relations groups. As a judge, he authored 484 appellate decisions for the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. For more than 30 years, Justice Mitchell has served both as an advocate and judge in handling landmark cases in North Carolina and elsewhere in the United States. He has been involved in a wide range of cases as diverse as appearing as amicus for the State of North Carolina in establishing that the United States Constitution does not include a right to public education to successfully establishing the constitutionality of a statutory cap on punitive damages in 2004.

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick
Representative Sue Myrick served on the Charlotte City Council from 1983-1985 prior to being the first (and only) woman elected to serve as the Mayor of Charlotte in 1987, and again in 1989.  In 1994 she was elected to the first of 9 terms as the Representative from the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina.  Along with serving as the Vice-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, she was named Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counter-Intelligence in the 112th Congress.

An experienced small businesswoman, she is the former President and CEO of Myrick Advertising and Public Relations and Myrick Enterprises.  Sue is a wife, mother of two children and three step-children. She and her husband Ed have 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  Her son Dan Forest was elected as Lt. Governor of North Carolina in 2012.

Rep. Carolyn Justice
Carolyn Justice represented the 16th District in the North Carolina General Assembly from 2003 to 2012 and retired to fulfill her commitment to term limits.  She had previously served as a member of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.  She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, as well as being Chair of the Executive Board of the Lower Cape Fear River Program.

While in the General Assembly, she was Chair of the Environment Committee and of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural & Economic Resources.  In 2012, she was voted to the Hall of Fame of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, and received the Jack Stickle Humanitarian Award from Lions International.  During her service in the General Assembly she was named Legislator of the Year by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the North Carolina Mental Health Organizations and the North Carolina Health Department Directors.

She lives in Hampstead with her husband, William.  They have two sons and one grandson.