Board of Directors


  • To encourage understanding of the work of North Carolina State University Libraries, which includes all the collections and libraries of the University’s schools and departments, and to further a realization of the present and future importance of the library to the University’s advancement;
  • To attract to the North Carolina State University Libraries, through gifts and bequests, new resources, including funds, books, manuscripts, and other appropriate material beyond what the University budget can provide.


  • Hope Tate, President: Tate, a native of Mocksville, N.C., is currently the director of risk management for the corporate lending and private equity businesses of Emigrant Bank in New York. Prior to joining Emigrant Bank, Ms. Tate worked in various divisions at Citigroup and at Smith Barney. She has lectured extensively on the topic of art as a financial asset, and she is adjunct professor emeritus at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Art Business Program. Ms. Tate graduated from Meredith College and received her MBA in Finance from Fordham University. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Fund for UNICEFF and now serves on the boards of the Blue Ridge School and the North Carolina Society in the City of New York. Her late husband, Henry M. Tate, graduated from NC State in 1971 as a computer science major.

  • S. Will Quick, Vice President: Quick earned a B.A. in political science and an M.B.A. from NC State, where he served as student body president. He completed his law degree at UNC Chapel Hill. He is an attorney with the Raleigh office of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, where his practice is focused on corporate litigation and government relations.

  • Susan K. Nutter, Secretary: Nutter is the vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.

  • Charles D. Leffler, Treasurer: Leffler, vice chancellor of finance and business at NC State, oversees all business and finance functions supporting the university's instructional, research, and outreach programs. He works directly with state government leaders, the Board of Trustees, and UNC General Administration, and is involved in numerous campus committees and community organizations.

  • Anna Ball Hodge, Immediate Past President: Hodge holds a B.A. in education from UNC-Chapel Hill and C.T.C. professional designation in the travel industry. She serves on the Broughton Capital Foundation and NC State Episcopal Campus Ministry board and is a past president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Term Ending 2014

  • Frank Abrams: Abrams, a three-time NCSU alum, became a member of the faculty in Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1972 and retired in 2006 as a member of the faculty in that department and the joint NCSU/UNC-CH Department of Biomedical Engineering. His teaching and research included biomechanics and mechanical design. He served as a member of the Provost's Staff from 1994-2003, coordinating undergraduate curriculum and faculty development programs, and he also currently serves on the board of the NCSU Association of Retired Faculty.

  • Charles Arvey: Arvey has a BS in aerospace engineering from NCSU ('67)  and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Houston ('80). He has worked on many of the major space programs, such as Apollo, Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and Orion.  At one time, he worked on GPS systems at the Naval Research Lab. He enjoys woodworking and photography.  His first grand daughter also gets a lot of his time! 

  • Janie Arvey: Arvey has a BS in Elementary Education from University of Houston and a Master's in Education from the University of Southern California. After retiring from teaching middle school science, she stays busy with church activities, reading, playing bridge and taking care of her first grand daughter.

  • Bil Dry

  • Silvija Dry

  • Karen McCanless: McCanless, a graduate of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, serves as vice president and senior financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in High Point.

  • Linda Turlington: Turlington is the owner and CEO of Pura Vida Promotions in Kernersville, NC. She is a member of the Local Advisory Board for BB&T, the Kernersville YMCA, and Annual Banquet for the Chamber of Commerce. She is a past officer of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Council of PTA's, President of the Athletic Boosters Club, and the local PTA of East Forsyth High School in Kernersville.

  • George L. Worsley: Worsley is NC State's vice chancellor emeritus for finance and business. He retired in 2004 after forty-one years of service to NC State.

Term Ending 2015

  • Brian Boothe: Boothe is a design engineer with Pentair Water Pool and Spa.  Pentair has an office in the Keystone Science Center on Centennial Campus.  Mr. Boothe has been active in promoting the Hunt Library project and recently sponsored a successful $25,000 proposal to the Pentair Foundation in support of the Hunt Library.  He has offered to help advocate for further support as well.  Mr. Boothe is an NCSU engineering graduate and founder of a product development company, Corsair EDA, which provides design and technical services for inventors and small companies. 

  • Pickett Council Ellis: Council Ellis is an NC State graduate with a B.A. in Business Management, serves as vice president and secretary of Council Tool Company in Lake Waccamaw, NC, a striking tool manufacturing company started by her great-grandfather in 1886.

  • Jim Crenshaw: Crenshaw is a 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Business Management.  He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Laura, and their two sons, Cooper and Joshua.  Jim founded Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, Inc. in 1995 and is the active owner/president and Engineer in Charge of the 33 person firm.  Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, Inc. (CCE) is a plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire alarm and telecommunications engineering firm that specializes in providing Engineering Design Services as well as Solar Photovoltaic design, LEED design, LEED Coordination, Energy Modeling and Building Commissioning in 23 states for a vast array of project types.  Jim as an avid supporter of North Carolina State University and has been a longtime member of the Wolfpack Club.  In addition, Jim enjoys playing golf, relaxing at the beach, spending time with his family and supporting and participating in activities at Providence Baptist Church. 

  • Nancy Kuivila

  • Charlotte Martin: Martin established the Leroy and Charlotte Martin Foundation together with her husband, an NC State professor emeritus of mathematics.

  • John Papalas: Papalas works with Eastern Dermatology in Greenville, NC. He obtained his B.S. from NCSU in 2001 and an M.D. from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and he completed his residency at Duke University.  Dr. Papalas spent many hours studying in the D. H. Hill Library as an undergraduate and continues to utilize the Special Collections Reading Room when he's back on campus.  He looks forward to promoting and advancing the objectives of the Libraries in eastern North Carolina.

  • W. Trent Ragland III: Ragland, an NC State business management graduate, is the owner and president of Ragland Properties, Inc., a Raleigh-based real estate development company.

  • Dargan Williams: Williams is a graduate of UNC with a degree in Russian History.

Term Ending 2016

  • Robert A. Bashford: Bashford is a graduate of the pre-medicine program at NC State and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and teaches medical students and OB-GYN residents at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also busy with a private clinical practice.

  • Jay Dawkins: Dawkins is an NC State graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. While at NC State, Dawkins served as Student Body President and university trustee, and later led student development efforts as Senior Class President.  He currently works for Stantec Consulting Services in Raleigh.

  • T. Greg Doucette: Doucette earned a B.S. in computer science from NC State, where he also served as Student Senate President and as President of the statewide UNC Association of Student Governments. He received his law degree from N.C. Central University, where he also served as Student Body President, and currently runs his own law practice in Durham focusing on small business law. Doucette also founded the North Carolina Small Practice Incubator and Collaboration Environment (NC SPICE) which helps attorneys in solo and small practice to build lower-cost, community-focused law practices.

  • David Howard: Howard attended NC State University and is a third generation supporter of University. He is a partner in Windsor Investments, LLC, which is a triad based real estate development and construction company.

  • Wyndham Robertson: Robertson served as the vice president for communications for the University of North Carolina system for ten years, after working as an editor at Time and Fortune magazines.

  • Gil Wheless: Wheless graduated from the NCSU College of Design, and is a founding principal of EDA, a Landscape Architectural firm in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  Wheless has recently retired to Durham, NC, and his 45 years of work has been donated to the libraries for educational purposes.