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Welcome four new trustees

New trustees bring a wealth of experience to the board that guides the university in planning and strategy

10/12/10 -  

Four new trustees began their service on July 1 at Queens University of Charlotte.

Members of Queens' Board of Trustees serve four-year terms.  The new inductees are: David Darnell, president of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Sandra Levine, director of The Leon Levine Foundation; John Sykes ('57), founder and chairman emeritus of Sykes Enterprises Inc., of Tampa, Fla.; and Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System.

"Adding these four trustees to the Queens board is definitely a proud moment for me," said Pamela Davies, president of Queens.  "We have one of the most engaged, energetic and passionate groups of trustees any university could dream of having, and adding these leaders to the mix is a great development for us.  Together we will continue to achieve greatness for Queens." 

Charlotte native David Darnell began his career in banking as a credit analyst in Greensboro, N.C., in 1979, and has served in a variety of leadership positions since then in Florida, Missouri and North Carolina.  Darnell was appointed to his current position with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in July 2005, and is a member of the company's executive management team.  He earned an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in business at Wake Forest University. 

Sandra Levine is a philanthropist and community volunteer, and has served on boards for organizations including the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Carolinas HealthCare System.  Together with husband Leon Levine she has been a member of the Learning Society at Queens since 1989.  Sandra Levine attended Women's College at UNC Greensboro. 

John H. Sykes ‛57 founded Sykes Enterprises Inc. in Charlotte in 1977, and in 1993 relocated its headquarters to Tampa, Fla.  A native of Charlotte, he attended High Point College, Queens and Rollins College.  Queens awarded him the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2000, and a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007.  Sykes previously served on Queens' board in 1999. 

Michael Tarwater is CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, the third largest system of its kind in the United States.  He earned a bachelor's degree in science in business administration from the University of West Florida and an master of science in hospital and health administration at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He was recently elected to the American Hospital Association's board and will serve a three-year term as chair of the Regional Policy Board 3, beginning January 2011.

Queens' Board of Trustees is comprised of corporate, non-profit and community leaders from across the United States.  At least one third of members are Queens alumni. They meet three times per year and provide oversight in administrative areas of master planning, finance and investment, and strategic areas such as academics, marketing, enrollment, advancement and technology.

"We are thrilled to add these distinguished individuals to the Queens board," said Chairman Benjamin P. Jenkins III.  "Each of them brings a unique perspective on the world of higher education, and that new thinking will enhance the university's ability to grow and strengthen its place in a very competitive environment."

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.

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