Asheville attorney Steve Warren re-elected chair of WCU board of trustees

Asheville attorney Steve Warren was re-elected chair of the Western Carolina University board of trustees as the first action of the board’s opening meeting of the 2010-11 academic year.

Warren will serve his second consecutive one-year term as board chair, and his fourth overall. He previously served two terms as chair from 2005 to 2007.

A partner in the Long, Parker, Warren & Jones law firm, Warren is a 1980 graduate of Western Carolina, receiving his degree in economics before going on to earn his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“His leadership and enthusiasm have just been unparalleled for Western Carolina University, and I would love to see him continue in this role,” said board member Joan MacNeill in nominating Warren for re-election as chair.

The board also re-elected former Asheville mayor Charles Worley as vice chair and Mecklenburg County community leader Teresa Williams as secretary.

Worley, who served as Asheville mayor from 2001 until 2005, is a partner in the Worley & Scott law firm and co-owner of Highland Farms Retirement Community in Black Mountain. A resident of Huntersville, Williams is a former member of the board of visitors at UNC-Chapel Hill and former board member and vice chair for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.

In other action, the trustees approved changes to the board bylaws to reflect a recent emphasis on the recruitment, orientation and development of board members. The changes include modifying the name of the board’s administration and governance committee to the administration, governance and trusteeship committee.