Board screening underway

By Todd Cohen

Attorney General Roy Cooper has begun interviewing 22 finalists for the board of the new Health Foundation for North Carolina, and expects to complete the interviews by mid-June.

The finalists, from which Cooper will name the foundation’s 11-member board, include individuals nominated by the public, by a search committee created under state law and by anonymous recommendations.

They were selected unanimously by the search committee from more than 750 nominees in a search process, spelled out by state law, that has cost more than $160,000, says John Bason, a spokesman for Cooper.

Cooper is charged by law with picking the board, which will oversee what is expected to be one of North Carolina’s largest foundations.

The foundation, being created through the conversion of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to a for-profit business, is expected to have an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion in assets.

The finalists include eight individuals nominated by the public, six nominated by the search committee, three nominated both by the public and the search committee and five nominated anonymously, says Bason, who adds that the anonymous nominations may well have come from the public.

The search committee included representatives selected by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry, N.C. Hospital Association, N.C. Medical Society and Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system.

Costs for the search, funded by Blue Cross as required by state law, include $100,000 for newspaper ads that solicited nominations, and $60,000 paid to Anderson & Associates, a Charlotte executive-search firm, Bason says.

Cooper interviewed the first two finalists May 3 and wants to have talked to all 22 by mid-June, Bason says.

Finalists nominated by the public, he says, include:

*Andrea Bazan-Manson, executive director, El Pueblo, Raleigh.

*Stephen C. Hassenfelt, chairman, U.S. Trust Co. of North Carolina, and chief operating officer for investments, U.S. Trust Corp., Greensboro.

*John Hatch, program development officer, department of health education, The General Baptist State Convention, Raleigh.

*William Lawrence Joyner, interim executive director and medical director, New Hanover Community Health Center, Wilmington.

*David Liden, executive director, Murphy Medical Center Foundation, Murphy.

*Anna Spangler Nelson, general partner, Wakefield Group, Charlotte.

*Charles D. Owen III, president, Charles D. Owen Manufacturing Co., Asheville.

*Michael C. Tarwater, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte.

Finalists nominated by the search committee include:

*Carolyn Ruth Black Ferree, professor of radiation oncology, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem.

*Phyllis N. Horns, interim vice chancellor for health sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville.

*Karen Linnea Smith, regional medical director, Family Care Center, Raeford.

*Travis H. Tomlinson Jr., president and administrator, Mayview Convalescent Center, and president, Whitaker Glen Retirement Community, Raleigh.

*Stephanie M. Walker, executive director, Mental Health Association in Greensboro.

*Charles E. Zeigler, former president and chief operating officer, Public Service Companies of North Carolina, Gastonia.

Finalists nominated by the public and search committee include:

*David Carroll McRae, CEO, University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina, Greenville.

*James B. Powell II, chief of surgery, Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville.

*Benjamin S. Ruffin, president, Ruffin Group, Winston-Salem, and chairman, board of governors, University of North Carolina system.

Finalists nominated anonymously include:

*Donna Chavis, director, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Lumberton.

*Thomas W. Lambeth, senior fellow and retired executive director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Winston-Salem.

*Gloria Pace King, president, United Way of Central Carolinas, Charlotte.

*Charles A. Sanders, retired chairman and CEO, Glaxo Inc., Durham.

*Pam Silberman, associate director for policy analysis, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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