Cummings joins Institute for Emerging Issues board

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RALEIGH — The chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been appointed to the Institute for Emerging Issues’ National Advisory Board.

Dr. Robin Gary Cummings is one of five new members of the Institute based at North Carolina State University. Each member serves an initial three-year term. The IEI Advisory Board will convene for its next meeting in May.

“Our Advisory Board helps us figure out how we can be most effective in preparing our state for the challenges we face going forward,” said Leslie Boney, Institute director. “They are experts and leaders in their fields, representing a diversity of perspectives across North Carolina, with a broad range of experience in business, civic engagement, education, public and private industry, and public policy. We couldn’t do what we do without their commitment, dedication, insight and passion for building a more prosperous North Carolina.”


The other new appointments are James “Jay” Dixon, senior vice president of Global Quality and Compliance at Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC; Dr. Maureen Grasso, graduate school dean at N.C. State University; Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina; and James “Jimmie” Williamson, president of the North Carolina Community College System.

The Institute for Emerging Issues, located at North Carolina State University, is a nonpartisan public policy, think-and-do tank focused on North Carolina’s economy. Every February since 1986, the Emerging Issues Forum has attracted leaders in business, education and public policy to discuss an issue with profound implications for North Carolina’s future prosperity. For more than three decades, the forum has helped catalyze the policy reforms, public investments and other proactive responses required to build an enduring capacity for progress in North Carolina. Visit for more information.

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