NC State’s Board of Trustees welcomes both new and returning members for terms ending in 2021. The newly appointed members are James A. “Jim” Harrell III of Raleigh, David R. Nimocks III of Fayetteville and Edward “Ed” Weisiger Jr. of Charlotte. Returning for their second four-year terms are Thomas E. Cabaniss of Richmond, Virginia; Wendell H. Murphy, formerly of Rose Hill; and Ronald W. Prestage of Camden, South Carolina.
Meet the New Trustees
Harrell is a partner in the law firm of Bode & Harrell, LLP and specializes in government affairs. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. He was elected to three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 90th District from 2003 to 2008. During his tenure in the House, he chaired the Ways and Means Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on Economic Development. In addition, he has served on numerous boards, including the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center board of directors, the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Council and the Appalachian State University Board of Visitors.
Nimocks is an NC State alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a long record of service to the university. As a member of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society, he has provided funds for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Poole College of Management, NCSU Libraries and other campus organizations. He established the David R. Nimocks Jr. Fellowship in Indoor Urban Entomology in 1994 in honor of his father. He has served as a manager or managing member at multiple businesses across North Carolina. He is the founder and chairman of Ensystex Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of pest management products, and the former president of both MSC Inc. and Terminix. Two of his children are also NC State alumni.
Weisiger is president and CEO of CTE in Charlotte. He formerly served as a member of the NC State Engineering Foundation and the Student Aid Association board of directors. He is a member of the W.H. Page Lifetime Giving Society and an honorary lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. He established the Edward I. Weisiger Professorship in the area of construction engineering and management. He also established an endowed scholarship with his father in 1997 to aid students from Western North Carolina enrolled in mechanical or civil engineering. He is the 2006 recipient of the ISE Distinguished Alumni Award. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from NC State and his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
About the Board
NC State’s Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members. In every odd-numbered year, four individuals are elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and the General Assembly appoints one person on the recommendation of the president pro tempore of the Senate and one person on the recommendation of the speaker of the House of Representatives. The student body president serves as an ex-officio member.