Gayle S. Lanier has been appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees. She replaces Phil Freelon, who has stepped down due to a U.S. presidential appointment.
Lanier works in Raleigh as vice president of corporate services for Progress Energy. Prior to serving in this role, Lanier worked at Nortel Networks in Research Triangle Park for 18 years. She ended her term there as vice president of Nortel Global Knowledge Services.
Lanier received her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from NC State in 1982. She has continued to serve NC State’s College of Engineering since that time, acting as Nortel’s representative on the NC State University National Minority Engineering Programs Advisory Board and establishing the Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier Scholarship Endowment. In 2007, Lanier was named a Distinguished Alumna by the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2007 until early 2012.
NC State’s Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members; eight are elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four are appointed by the governor, and the remaining member is the president of the student government.