A&T Welcomes Seven New Members to Board of Visitors


EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2023) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University welcomed seven new members to its Board of Visitors (BOV) as part of the October 2023 meeting, the first of the academic year.

The new members are drawn from corporate, government and non-profit organizations and bring a wealth of experience from their professional work and community service. Four are also alumni of North Carolina A&T. They are among 34 BOV members who volunteer to assist A&T’s chancellor with efforts to advance the university’s mission and strategic priorities.

“We’re delighted to bring on board our seven newest members to join the enthusiastic, energized work of our board, as we seek to help the university leverage its exceptional momentum toward strategic goals,” said BOV Chair Ulysses J. Cozart. “The experience and success they bring with them to this work will undoubtedly be great assets to our board.”

The new members are:

  • Tanya S. Blackmon ‘81, president and founder, Auspen Consulting, LLC. She provides organizational development, business and cultural transformation, leadership development, and DEI consulting and executive coaching services to public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Nimasheena Burns, Durham (North Carolina) County commissioner. Elected in 2020, Burns is known for her work in support of economic development, job creation and training, and maternal and infant health.
  • Lora Cubbage ‘02, N.C. Superior Court judge. Prior to her service in Superior Court, Cubbage served as an assistant district attorney, assistant attorney general and district court judge.
  • Mona Edwards, founder and CEO, LIFT Coaching and Consulting. Edwards has more than 25 years of combined experience in leadership, government, philanthropy and the legal and nonprofit sectors.
  • Michael A. Humphrey ‘87, founder and principal, Alan Michaels Design. A former manufacturing and technology executive and NFL special events leader, Humphrey now heads his own design business.
  • Marvin J. Price, executive vice president, Economic Development, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Price has worked with corporate executives, site selectors and developers to attract major business operations to Greensboro such as Toyota Battery Manufacturing, Marshall Aerospace, ProKidney, HondaJet and Boom Supersonic.
  • Patrice Withers ‘05, vice president, director of giving, Fifth Third Bank. Withers leads overseeing philanthropy, employee giving and disaster response across the bank’s footprint of 11 states.Mug shots, left to right and top to bottom, Tanya S. Blackmon, Nimasheena Burns, Lora Cubbage, Mona Edwards, Michael A. humphrey, Marvin J. Price, Patrice Withers

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