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Ken Jones
Wake Education Partnership
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014

Wake Education Partnership Elects Caroline McCullen As Board Chair For 2014-2015

SAS Director of Education Initiatives picked during annual board meeting

RALEIGH, N.C.—Wake Education Partnership today announced Caroline McCullen, Director of Education Initiatives at SAS Institute, as chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year.

As a former National Technology Teacher of the Year, McCullen brings first-hand knowledge on the importance of business community involvement in schools. McCullen works to support activities and organizations that inspire excellence in education, particularly programs that use technology to further education.

McCullen has been part of the Partnership since 2007. Her vast experience in public education and private businesses will aid the partnership in every area. Her recent projects have focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, a field the Partnership adamantly supports. In the past, McCullen served on the Programs Committee. McCullen picks up the torch from Gary Greene, CEO of Greene Resources, Inc., who officially finishes his term as Board Chair at the end of June.

Her leadership team on the Partnership’s Executive Committee will include:

Chair-Elect of the Board Doug Sprecher (First Citizens Bank)
Vice Chair – Finance (Treasurer) Scott Duda (Cherry Bekaert LLP)
Vice Chair – Board Development Chris Bell (Sun Trust Bank)
Vice Chair – Fund Development Jason Lemons (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Vice Chair – Programs Mitch Lower (Biogen Idec)
Vice Chair – Marketing/Communications Dana Yeganian (Capstrat)
Past Chairs of the Board Gary Greene (Greene Resources) 
Jim Brown (Independent College Fund of NC)
Secretary Steve Parrott (Wake Education Partnership)
Counselor at Large Walt Tippett (Brooks Pierce)
At Large Board Member Gordon Brown (Alfred Williams & Company)
At Large Board Member Rita Jerman (Wake Tech)
At Large Board Member Marion Robinson (State Employees Credit Union)

“The public school system is an economic engine in Wake County and I am excited to take on this leadership role and help serve as the voice of the business community on education issues,” McCullen said. “For more than 30 years, Wake Education Partnership has helped create a healthy economy built on schools. I look forward to continuing their tradition of determined advocacy for educational excellence.”

About Wake Education Partnership

Wake Education Partnership is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders committed to improving public education. Since 1983, the Partnership has advocated for excellent educational opportunities for all students in the Wake County Public School System. For more information, please visit www.wakeedpartnership.org.

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