Raleigh, NC (March 16, 2017) – Darrell Allison, Founding President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), announces his election to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Allison is elected to the UNC Board of Governors by the North Carolina General Assembly by way of Senate Resolution 263 (Unanimous vote of 46-0) as of Thursday, March 16th, and will serve out the remaining two years of the term vacated in October 2015 by John Fennebresque.
Rick Adams, chairman of the board for PEFNC and a managing partner at Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group in Durham, commended state lawmakers’ election of Allison to the UNC Board of Governors. “I have worked closely with Darrell Allison for a number of years now and can attest to his unwavering commitment to educational excellence and equity,” said Adams. “He also knows how to work with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and drive results in education. I know he will bring his dedication, vision, and well-honed skills to this important role.”
As the founding president of PEFNC, Allison has worked to increase educational opportunity for low-income and special needs students across the state, and recently served as member of the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees (2015-2017).
On his unanimous nomination with support across the aisle (46-0 vote count) Allison said, “Given my nomination and strong vote of confidence from the North Carolina State Senate, I would like to thank Senator Phil Berger and senate leadership, as well as nominating chairs Senator Bill Rabon and Senator Tommy Tucker. I also express a heartfelt thank you to Minority Leader Senator Dan Blue and Senator Floyd McKissick for their kind words of confidence in me during the nomination hearing. I am honored that state leaders have entrusted me with this responsibility, and it is one that I will not take lightly.”
“I am honored to have been selected by our state’s lawmakers to serve as a member of the UNC Board of Governors,” said Allison. “A passion for education has been a defining theme of my life, and has fueled my work to expand access and opportunity in both K-12 and higher education. I look forward to working closely with the other distinguished members of the UNC Board of Governors, and with UNC President Margaret Spellings, to ensure the ongoing viability and continued great success of the UNC system and its institutions.”
A former White House intern and legal specialist at the United States Department of Justice, Allison is a native of Kannapolis and a magna cum laude graduate from North Carolina Central University. He received his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.