Published: June 17, 2019

Alpha Eta/North Carolina alumnus joins UNC's Board of Trustees

The following article was published on June 11, 2019, via the Daily Tar Heel ( It was reprinted with permission from Preston Lennon/The Daily Tar Heel. The article highlights R. Gene Davis (Alpha Eta/North Carolina 1992).

Three former Tar Heels were selected to join UNC's Board of Trustees

Farewells were given to some members of the Board of Trustees at the May meeting, in which five members made their final appearance. The University is preparing to swear in a group of five new trustees on Aug. 1. Three of them have already been chosen. The final two will be elected, one by the N.C. House and the other by the N.C. Senate, in the coming weeks.

Here’s a look at the new University leaders:

Teresa Artis Neal

An adjunct professor at Campbell Law School and former vice president of business affairs at a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, Neal got her bachelor of arts from UNC Chapel Hill. She went on to earn an MBA and J.D. from Harvard.

Neal was a resident advisor and Pogue scholar at the University, where she was also active in student government and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She stayed involved in UNC affairs after graduation, and is currently on the board of UNC Rex Healthcare.

Dave L. Boliek Jr.

Boliek has a journalism degree from UNC, and worked in the industry for years after graduation, then went on to do political consulting and public relations. After securing an MBA and J.D. from Campbell, he was a prosecutor in Cumberland County and now works as a partner for a Fayetteville law firm. He’s active in the Presbyterian church and the Boy Scouts of America.

R. Gene Davis Jr.

Also a lawyer, Davis specializes in real estate law for a Raleigh firm. He got his undergraduate degree from UNC, as well as his law degree. Davis played a major role in student government, serving as the president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and the speaker of the UNC Student Congress. He was inducted into multiple UNC groups, like the Order of the Grail and Order of the Old Well. Davis is the vice chair of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

The North Carolina General Assembly will soon vote on the final two members. The new group of five, along with the recently-inducted Student Body President, Ashton Martin, will hold their first meeting all together as a new board on Aug. 1.

The BOT, freed of responsibility for dealing with Silent Sam, is now focused on implementing the University’s Master Plan, a 15-year strategy for making the most out of UNC’s multi-billion dollar fundraising effort, the Campaign for Carolina. 

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