Roundtable to Examine Education in North Carolina

Chris William, moderator

Chris William, moderator

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2014 – Six business and education experts will serve as panelists in a roundtable discussion on the success and challenges of North Carolina’s K-12 public schools, along with the role of colleges, universities and the business community in addressing the state’s workforce and economic development needs.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Complimentary tickets are available by registering online at

The program is being filmed by Carolina Business Review, a weekly segment on UNC-TV, and will air on the network at a later date.

The education roundtable will be moderated by Chris William, finance professional who works in the Private Client Group for Wells Fargo, and Executive Producer for Carolina Business Review. Panelists include:


Bill CobeyBill Cobey, Chairman, State Board of Education. After serving as a Member of the United States Congress in the mid 1980s, Cobey joined the administration of Governor James Martin as Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and then as Secretary of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill.


Linda P Johnson
Rep. Linda P. Johnson, N.C. House of Representatives. Rep. Johnson was first elected to the N.C. House of Representatives in 2000, and is currently serving her fourth term in office representing the state’s 83rd House district. Rep. Johnson serves as chair of the Appropriations Committee and Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. She also serves as a member of the committees on Commerce and Job Development, Education, Education Reform, Public Utilities, Insurance and Commission on Government Operations. She resides in Kannapolis, N.C., where she previously served as member of the Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education.


Jim_GoodmonJim Goodmon, President and CEO, Capitol Broadcasting Company. Goodmon began his career in broadcasting as an Operations Manager at WRAL-TV in 1968.  In 1973 he took on corporate responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC), and by 1979 he was named President and CEO of the company, a position he still holds today. During his 45-year career, Goodmon has led CBC and its stations into the digital age, gaining industry-wide recognition as a visionary whose stations constantly pushed the boundaries of technology.


Jim MerrillDr. Jim Merrill, Superintendent, Wake County Schools. Dr. Merrill has served as the Superintendent of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Alamance-Burlington School System, and was appointed superintendent of the Wake County Public School System in 2013. Dr. Merrill has earned numerous accolades and awards, including the 2005 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year award and the 2013 Virginia Superintendent of the Year honor.


Heath Morrison
Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
. Dr. Morrison joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in July 2012 from the Washoe County School District in Reno, N.V. Under his leadership, the district’s graduation rate has increased from 56 percent to 70 percent overall, with gains for all schools and all groups of students. Test scores have risen for two consecutive years, helping to narrow the achievement gap. He has been named named Superintendent of the Year by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents, the Nevada Association of School Boards and the American Association of School Administrators.


Dr.-Nido-QubeinDr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University. Qubein is an internationally sought-after speaker who has led the university to unprecedented growth including tripling undergraduate enrollment and the establishment of four new academic schools on campus. Prior to accepting the role as the seventh president of HPU, he served as chairman of a consulting firm. His business experience led him to help grow a bank in 1986, and today he serves on the board and the executive committee of BB&T. He is also chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 218 stores in 42 states and serves on the board of La-Z-Boy Corporation and Dots, LLC. Dr. Qubein has written a dozen books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs.

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