Campbell University names 13 to presidential search committee

August 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Campbell University names 13 to presidential search committee

BUIES CREEK -- Benjamin N. Thompson, chair of the Campbell University Board of Trustees, has announced the formation of a 13-person presidential search committee tasked with identifying and recommending to the Board of Trustees candidates to succeed Campbell President Jerry M. Wallace, who announced in April that he will step down as president on June 30, 2015.

“Given the critical nature of the search committee’s task, it was important to form a diverse committee comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and students who are all passionate about Campbell University and who care deeply about its heritage and its future,” said Thompson, who will also serve as chair of the presidential search committee. “We have done just that, and I’m grateful to each of the committee members’ willingness to work diligently in the months ahead to ensure we find the right person to serve as Campbell’s fifth president.”

Members of the presidential search committee are as follows:

Board of Trustees Members

Benjamin N. “Ben” Thompson ’76, ’79 JD, Chair
Attorney & Partner, Wyrick, Robbins, Yates and Ponton

Dr. Allison C. Cobb ’92 PHARMD
Pharmacist and co-owner, FamilyMed Pharmacy and FamilyCare Rx

Dr. David Hailey
Senior Pastor, Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh

Frederick H. “Fred” Taylor ’64
President, Troy Lumber Company

Dr. R. Henry “Hank” Capps Jr. ’95
Family physician, Novant Health Lakeside Family Physicians
Chief Medical Information Officer, Novant Health’s medical group

Dr. Leah Devlin
Professor of the Practice, UNC Gillings School of Public Health

John “Sandy” McNeill
Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Healthcare Services


Faculty Members

Dr. Michael L. Adams ’96 PHARMD
Dean, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Effective Jan. 1, 2015)

Dr. Yu-Mong Hsiao
Professor of Economics
Lundy-Fetterman School of Business

Dr. Mark L. Hammond
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Professor of Biology



Staff Member

Wanda Watkins ’79, ’81 MED
Head Women’s Basketball Coach


Student Members

Melissa Stout Davies ’10, ’17 DO
Second-year medical student

Sue Ann Forrest ’15
Executive President, Student Government Association
English and communication studies major on pre-law track


Search Consultant

Dr. Susan “Sue” Basalla May
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates


Campbell has retained the executive search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist the committee. Specializing in higher education and nonprofit executive searches, the firm has conducted president or chancellor searches for numerous institutions, including Appalachian State University, Davidson College, East Carolina University, Meredith College, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Pembroke, and UNC-Wilmington. They’ve also led searches at schools outside of North Carolina that Campbell frequently benchmarks against, including the University of Richmond and Stetson University.

Thompson said the committee will work with Storbeck/Pimentel to undertake an active national search to identify a diverse field of promising candidates. Following interviews, reference checks, and possible campus visits, the committee will then narrow the field and recommend to the Board of Trustees at least one candidate and potentially up to three candidates for the presidency. A new president is expected to be named by the spring of 2015 and begin his or her duties on July 1.

A website dedicated to the presidential search has been established and will be maintained to keep the campus community and public informed on developments. Read short biographies on each of the presidential search committee members and related information at

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It is my hope that the search committee will be successful in finding the best fit for Campbell’s new President. This new President should have natural leadership and forward-vision attributes, yet remain humble and sensitive to the Campbell traditions of excellence and independence while constantly assessing student, faculty, and campus needs.

Pray continuously for guidance and that the Lord will call the perfect person for Campbell.

By Joey A. Ferguson, '84, MBA on August 7, 2014 - 9:42am

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