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Vaughn D. Bryson ’ 60 of Vero Beach, Fla., was installed as chair of the GAA
Board of Directors at the Annual Alumni
Luncheon in May, succeeding Robyn Hadley ’ 85 of St. Louis. Dr. Dan A. Myers
’ 71 of Kinston, who also is a 1975 graduate
of UNC’s medical school, assumed office as
Bryson, the retired president and CEO of
Eli Lilly, previously served on the GAA board
as first vice chair and as an Athletic Council
representative. His contributions to Carolina include serving on
the steering committee for the Carolina First Campaign and on
the dean’s advisory committee for UNC’s School of Pharmacy.
A former player on the varsity baseball team, he served as co-chair of the Boshamer Stadium renovation committee. He and
his wife, Nancy Faison Bryson ’ 60, were recipients of the GAA’s
Distinguished Service Medal in 2004, and he received the Board
of Trustees’ William Richardson Davie Award in 2008. The
Brysons have helped fund research at the UNC medical school
and helped establish a clinical genetics research center there.
Bryson was chosen last year as chair-elect by the GAA board.
Myers, president of Sonorex Inc., has served on the GAA
board as an N.C. district director (2007-09) and as first vice chair
(2013-14). His contributions to UNC include serving on its Board
As a result of elections decided by GAA members, Hadley,
who becomes immediate past chair, announced that Joel M.
“Joe” Brown ’ 69 of Winston-Salem is the board’s new first vice
chair and James E. “Jim” Delany ’ 70 of Hinsdale, Ill., is the
new second vice chair. Delany also is a 1973 graduate of UNC’s
Brown, executive vice president at BB&T, was a co-captain
of the men’s basketball team and previously served on the GAA
board as an Athletic Council representative (2003-06).
Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, has served
on the board as an out-of-state district director (2005-08) and,
since 2011, as an at-large director.
Elected to three-year terms representing N.C. districts:
■ Margaret Highsmith Dickson ’ 71 of Fayetteville. Dickson, a retired sec-retary-treasurer with Cape Fear Broadcasting Co. and former member
of the N.C. Senate and N.C. House, is a columnist with Up and Coming
Weekly, chair of Lillian’s List Action Fund, a councilor with the N.C. State
Bar, secretary of the N.C. Civil War History Center Foundation and board
member of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina.
■ Linda Dew Garrou ’ 67 (MAT) of Winston-Salem. Garrou is a retired N.C.
senator and a former guardian ad litem administrator and high school
teacher. She received the Board of Trustees’ William Richardson Davie
Award in 2010 and is a former member of the UNC Board of Visitors.
■ Bill Helms ’ 68 of Monroe. Helms, who also is a 1972 graduate of
UNC’s law school, is a retired N.C. Superior Court judge who works as a
statewide consultant for mediation and arbitration matters.
Elected to three-year terms representing out-of-state alumni:
■ Stephen E. “Steve” Previs ’ 72 of London. Previs works in sales and
trading for MINT Partners.
■ James C. “Jim” Roberts Jr. ’ 77 of New York. Roberts, a former executive editor of Reuters Digital at Thomson Reuters and assistant managing editor of The New York Times, is executive editor/chief content
officer with Mashable.com.
■ Dr. Michael L. Zollicoffer ’ 85 (MD) of Baltimore. Zollicoffer, a pediatrician, is owner and CEO of LifeCarePlus Urgent Care Center. He received
the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the GAA’s Black
Alumni Reunion in 2010. He is chair of the UNC Board of Visitors and a
member of the UNC campaign planning board and of the board for the
Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
Appointed as at-large directors for three-year terms:
■ Tara LaVerne Patterson Hammons ’ 93 of Bethlehem, Pa. Hammons
is an employment law attorney. A former member of the UNC Board of
Visitors, she volunteers with the Carolina Alumni Admissions Program.
■ Richard W. “Rick” Gunn Jr. ’ 80 of Burlington. Gunn is a member of the
N.C. Senate, representing Alamance and Randolph counties, and owns
ERA Gunn Realty. In 2012, he began a four-year term on the UNC Board
Elected to a three-year term on UNC’s Athletic Council:
■ Heather O’Reilly Werry ’09 of Chapel Hill. Werry, a professional athlete,
is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. At UNC, she
was on the varsity women’s soccer team, which was a two-time national
champion, and she was co-captain of the 2006 national championship
team. Her jersey was retired at UNC in 2008. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a two-time World Cup medalist, founder of the Heather O’Reilly Soccer Academy, member of America Scores-LA’s board and
member of Athletes for Hope.
■ Dr. Joy Justus Renner ’ 80 of Graham was appointed as the board’s
faculty representative. Renner, who in 1992 also earned her master’s
degree from UNC, is a professor and director of the medical school’s
division of radiologic science and has served as chair of UNC’s Faculty
■ Wade M. Smith ’ 60 of Raleigh has been named counsel to the board.
Smith, who also graduated from UNC’s law school in 1963, is a former
member of the board and served as its chair in 1990.
■ Anthony Eden Rand ’ 61 of Fayetteville, who also graduated from UNC’s
law school in 1964, was reappointed treasurer, and Dwight M. “Davy”
Davidson III ’ 77 of Greensboro was reappointed assistant treasurer.
ONLINE: Read an extended version of this article and a complete list of
the GAA Board of Directors at
GAA Installs New Board Members
Top row, from left: Joe Brown ’ 69, Jim Delany ’ 70, Margaret Highsmith
Dixon ’ 71, Linda Dew Garrou ’ 67, Rick Gunn Jr. ’ 80 and Tara LaVerne
Patterson Hammons ’ 93.
Bottom row, from left: Bill Helms ’ 68, Steve Previs ’ 72, Jim Roberts Jr.
’ 77, Heather O’Reilly Werry ’09 and Dr. Michael Zollicoffer ’ 85.
Vaughn D. Bryson ’ 60