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Benson native Holley named to UNC Board of Governors

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RALEIGH — The N.C. House of Representatives approved the appointment of Reginald Ronald Holley, a Benson native, to the UNC Board of Governors on Oct. 22 by a unanimous vote of 101-0.

Holley served as speaker of the student Congress and vice president of the student body as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was director of the State Youth Council in the N.C. Department of Administration from 1990-2003 before serving as deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole from 2003-09.

Holley is also chairman emeritus of the board of visitors for the School of Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. He joined the board in 2007 and served as its chairman from 2016-19.

Holley is the founder and principal of The Longmire Group, which provides public affairs consulting and government relations services in North Carolina.

“Our state’s top-tier university system demands outstanding leadership for continued success, and Reggie Holley is an exceptionally well-qualified appointee to the UNC Board of Governors to help North Carolina’s higher education campuses realize unprecedented opportunities ahead,” said state House Speaker Tim Moore.

Holley will fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg. Bryan resigned from the Board of Governors to fill U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop’s General Assembly seat upon Bishop’s election to Congress.