Boards of Directors

Our boards represent every county in the Southeast Region.  They provide guidance and oversight to our organization.  The NC General Assembly make appointments to the commission board through the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and President of the Senate. The Southeastern Partnership II board is made up of private sector investors with an interest in promoting regional economic development.

NC Southeast Commission Board


The Southeastern Partnership Board

Jane W. Smith, Chairman   Jeff Etheridge, Chairman
(Robeson County)   BB&T 
Kermit D. Williamson, Vice-Chairman   David Burns, Vice-Chairman
(Sampson County)   ZV Pate Corporation
Wyatt G. Upchurch, Treasurer   Sandy Spiers, Treasurer
(Hoke County)   Sun Trust Bank
Charles DeVane   John Nelms
(Bladen County)   Duke Energy Progress
Dr. Delilah Blanks   Conley Hilliard
(Bladen County)   Electricities of North Carolina
Mary H. Childs   Russ Rogerson
(Brunswick County)   The Fayetteville Economic Alliance
William W. Phipps   Steve Blanchard
(Columbus County)   Fayetteville Public Works Commission
Billy D. Horne   Ben Woodruff
(Cumberland County)   First Citizens Bank
Elizabeth "Beth" Dawson   Jimmy Smith
(New Hanover County)   North Carolina's EMC
Bob Warwick   Steven C. Hunt
(New Hanover)   Lumbee River EMC
Alex Dale   James E. Yokeley, Jr.
(Pender County)   NC State Ports Authority
James Lafayette Smith   John Monaghan
(Pender County)   Piedmont Natural Gas
Kenneth R. Robinette   Pam Bostic
(Richmond County)   Southeastern Economic Development Commission
G.L. Pridgen   Joann Anderson
(Robeson County)   Southeastern Regional Medical Center
J. D. Willis   Breeden Blackwell
(Scotland County)   Cape Fear Valley Health System

   Dr. John D. Ward
    Brunswick Electric EMC