Oath of office given at September board meeting


Thomas H. Fetzer, a former three-term mayor of Raleigh, and J. Bryant Kinney ’82, a public and government affairs executive, are the two newest members of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees. Fetzer and Kinney took the oath of office during the board’s quarterly meeting in September.


Fetzer (top) was appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to a four-year term on the WCU board. He is filling a vacancy on the board created by the departure of Mecklenburg County community leader Teresa Williams, past chair of the trustees, who reached the end of her term June 30. (See related story on page 10.)

The UNC system governing body also reappointed to four-year terms Pat Kaemmerling ’71, chief financial officer of Access Computers Inc. in Norcross, Georgia, and vice chair of the board; Asheville attorney Carolyn Coward, secretary of the board; and Wardell Townsend ’75, an executive mentor and a former assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, of Silver Spring, Maryland.

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Kinney to a four-year term to fill a vacancy on the WCU board created by the appointment of trustee Charles Philip Byers to the UNC Board of Governors. McCrory also reappointed Grace Battle, a community leader from Marietta, Georgia, to another four-year term.

Also joining the board for the 2015-16 academic year is Bernard “Hank” Henderson, president of the WCU Student Government Association. A junior from Marietta, Georgia, Henderson is pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship. The son of Bart and Leslie Henderson, he is a 2013 graduate of Furtah Preparatory School.

A past chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Fetzer is president of Fetzer Strategic Partners, a Raleigh-based firm specializing in government relations, public and media relations, survey research and crisis management. He was elected to his first two-year term as mayor of Raleigh in 1993, becoming the city’s youngest mayor.


Kinney (bottom) is principal of Kinney Public Strategies in Charlotte and serves as senior counselor for the Hawthorn Group, an international public affairs firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. He retired from Duke Energy Corp. following a career that spanned two decades, most recently serving as vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the company’s Carolinas operations.

Edward “Ed” Broadwell of Asheville is serving as board chair for the academic year.