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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: JUNE 4, 2003


North Carolina General Assembly members this afternoon confirmed the reappointment of John A. Tate III to the N.C. State Board of Education for a second eight-year term. Tate, who was reappointed to the Board by Gov. Mike Easley in February to fill an unexpired term, serves as one of three members-at-large.

At Thursday morning's Board meeting, Justice Sara Parker will officially swear in Tate, Robert T. Speed and Kathy A. Taft. Speed also was appointed to the Board in May and Taft was reappointed.

Tate is senior vice president at Wachovia Bank. He has served on a number of boards of directors including Communities in Schools, Success by Six, and Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte in addition to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Social Work and recently completed a term on UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Education Board of Advisors. He received his bachelor's degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master's degree in Business Administration/Finance from Georgia State University.

The State Board of Education is the chief education policy-making body in North Carolina and consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer and 11 members appointed by the Governor to serve eight-year terms. The Board meets monthly, usually on the first Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh. For more information, please go to the following North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Web site,

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.