Wake Tech Welcomes New Trustees

August 25th, 2010


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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 25, 2010) - The Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome two new members to its ranks. Brenda Castonguay, appointed by Governor Perdue, and Merrie Hedrick, appointed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, were sworn in on Tuesday, August 17, as the newest Trustees on Wake Tech's 12-member Board.

Brenda F. Castonguay is Vice President of Administration for Cree, Inc., where she oversees HR, facilities, employee health and safety, security and travel. Before joining Cree, Castonguay served as Senior Vice President for Administrative Services at Progress Energy. She has been recognized as one of the Triangle's Top 25 Key Women and one of the 50 Key Women in Energy. Castonguay holds a bachelor's degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine, and has completed leadership studies at both Wharton and the University of Michigan School of Business. She and her husband Bill live in Raleigh.

Merrie Hedrick served as Wake County Commissioner from 1986 to 1994 and at the time was only the third woman to have been elected to that position. A graduate of Sanderson High School, Hedrick grew up in Wake County and attended NC State University. She lived in New York City and worked as a model and actress before getting married and returning to Wake County. Hedrick is active in the community and currently serves on the Wake County Board of Equalization and Review. She and her husband Bill have four children and two grandchildren and live in Wake Forest.

"Wake Tech is indeed fortunate to have these outstanding women join our Board," says Dr. Stephen Scott, President of Wake Tech. "Each brings valuable knowledge and experience that will serve us well as we continue to address the challenges of this growing community."

Hedrick and Castonguay replace attorney Keith Shackleford and Red Hat Program Manager Gary Jordan. Shackleford and Jordan were recognized for their years of service at the Board's August meeting.

Wake Tech is served by 12 trustees, all of whom are appointed: four by the Governor, four by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, and four by the Wake County Board of Education. The Trustees establish policy for Wake Tech, approve the annual budget, and serve as advocates for the College and its programs and services. Trustees are also responsible for choosing a new president for the College when that need arises. This year's ex-officio student representative on the board is Rachelle Fuller.

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