Reposted from Politics.MyNC.com
Perdue Appoints Transportation Board Members
Originally Posted on 04 August 2009 | by Jennifer Wig
RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Bev Perdue today appointed John Collett, Leigh Harvey McNairy, Major General Hugh R. Overholt, Wanda J. Proffitt, Charles D. Watts Jr. and Ralph Womble to the N.C. Board of Transportation.
Collett is the chairman of Collett & Associates, a commercial real estate development business in Charlotte. He has held that position since 1987. Collett received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University.
McNairy serves as secretary for the board of directors of the N.C. Eastern Regional Partnership for Economic Development. She also is chair of the committee for Strategic Planning and a member of the Committee for Regional Logistics. From 2003 to 2005, McNairy served as the N.C. Special Assistant for Military Issues, specifically dealing with BRAC federal legislation. She was a founding member of the East Carolina University Women’s Roundtable, member of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Center and director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Friends of the Library. McNairy received her bachelor’s degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in teaching from Duke University.
Overholt is an attorney for Ward & Smith in New Bern and is a retired major general of the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he served in numerous leadership roles, including judge advocate general. Overholt is a member of the N.C. Bar and of the N.C. Governor’s Commission on Military Affairs. He received his bachelor’s degree and his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Womble is a retired vice president from Leggett & Platt in Winston-Salem. He has served on numerous boards, including the N.C. School of the Arts Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, the Winston-Salem Alliance and the Winston-Salem Foundation Board of Directors. Womble received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in business administration from the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management.
Watts was the senior vice president of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham from 1998 to 2007. He also was an attorney for the Law Office of James D. Williams from 1997 to 1998. Watts was past board chair of the N.C. Museum of Life and Science, past corporate board member of the YMCA of the Triangle and past board member of the UNC School of Nursing Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill, his master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and his juris doctorate from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Proffitt is the president and owner of Carolina Mountain Realty, Inc. in Burnsville. She is director of the Better Business Bureau, past commissioner of the N.C. Real Estate Commission and past director of the N.C. Association of Realtors. Proffitt received the Distinguished Service Award from Mayland Community College in 2008 and was named Realtor of the Year in 2001 from the Yancey-Mitchell Board of Realtors.