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Change at NCINED
The North Carolina Institute of Minority
Economic Development (NC1MED) has
announced that co-founder and president Andrea
Harris has decided to transition from her current
role to Senior Fellow for the organization.
The Board of Directors has unanimously
selected Farad Ali to serve as NClMED's presi
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Harris informed the
Board late last year of her
interest in taking on a new
role within the organiza
tion, shaping its public
policy direction. The
move comes after 28
years of outstanding serv
ice to NC1MED. 26 of
them at the helm.
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ship, in the past decade alone, NCIMED has pro
vided consulting and technical assistance to near
ly 11,000 companies and trained nearly 28,000
business people. Companies receiving NCIMED
assistance have been awarded more than $256
million in contracts, completed nearly $197 mil
lion in financial transactions and created more
than 2.100 jobs.
Ali returns to NCIMED after serving for 14
years as the organization's senior vice president
and a year as its senior business consultant
During that lime, Ali worked with Fortune 1000
companies to develop supplier utilization pro
grams, leverage procurement opportunities, and
provide organizational infrastructure to reduce
costs, maximize technology, and increase spend
ing with diverse vendors. He has helped generate
over $1 billion of opportunity.
Crew joins Reynolds
Debra A. Crew has been named president and
chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds
Tobacco Company, effective Oct. 1.
Crew is currently the president and general
manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition
She joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the
Western Europe region of PepsiCo Europe. In j
2012. she was named president of PepsiCo [
Americas Beverage. She assumed her current ,
role earlier in 2014
Prior to joining PepsiCo. Crew was general !
manager of grocery brands and U.S. pet-care '
products tor Mars,
joining Mars, she held a
number of marketing
positions at both Nestle
S.A. and Kraft Foods,
Inc. Crew served in the
U.S. Army from 1993 -
1997, rising to the rank
of captain and military
Crew serves on the
board of directors of
Stanley Black & Decker. Inc.
Andrew D. Gilchrist, the current president
and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds,
will become executive vice president of
Reynolds American Inc., effective Oct. 1.
Gilchrist will help Crew transition into her new
role. His ongoing role as a member of RAI's
leadership team following this transition period
will be announced at a later date.
"We are delighted to welcome Debra to our
leadership team." said Susan M. Cameron, pres
ident and chief executive officer of RA1. "Her
experience in growing some of America's best
known consumer brands is extraordinary and we
believe she can play a key role in our mission to
lead the transformation of the tobacco industry I
expect Debra s transition to our industry will be
smooth and swift. Having Andrew's 17 years ol
experience in the tobacco industry to draw upon
during her initial months here will be a great
asset to her."
New degree at NCCU
North Carolina Central University is offering
a new degree - a Bachelor of Science in
Computer Science and Business.
Offered jointly by the College of Arts and
Sciences and the School of Business, the degree
will prepare students for long-term success in
new technologies and tools and new means of
dispersing and controlling information. NCCU
received approval for the degree program from
the University of North Carolina General
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"Students with excel
lent training in comput
ing-related disciplines are
in high demand." said Dr.
Carlton Wilson, dean of
the College of Arts and
Sciences. "The program
provides technical skills
and business knowledge
to succeed in the high
In addition, this new program will provide a
distinctive set of competencies that will enable
graduates to gain understanding and experience
in the innovation process that transforms ideas
into products, including an understanding of
business basics, policy and intellectual property.
Students will be prepared to enter careers in
computing and information technology, generate
their own entrepreneurial opportunities, as well
as pursue graduate study. The program is slated
to begin in Spring 2015. Dr Donna Grant, asso
ciate professor of computer information systems
in the School of Business, will serve as program
Ambassadors to make
downtown cleaner, friendlier
CHRONICLE si M l REPORT
See Clean on A8 Ambassador Kendrick Woods works along Irade Street last week.
The newly-launched Clean Team
Ambassador Service is promising a cleaner,
safer and friendlier downtown.
The Clean Team is an initiative of the
Downtown Winston-Salem Business
Improvement District (DWSB1D), which was
created by the Mayor and City Council. The
goals of the DWSB1D are to promote a cleaner
and safer downtown environment; develop
stronger marketing and promotional items;
assist and promote accelerated development;
and enhance the downtown physical appear
ance. The City of Winston-Salem has contract
ed with the Downtown Winston-Salem
Partnership (DWSP) to provide the programs
and services that will meet these goals. The
DWSP, in turn, has contracted with The Budd
Group, a local integrated facilities services
company, to provide Clean Team services
seven days a week, primarily between 6:30
a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
"We are happy to have the Clean Team
Ambassador program underway," said Mayor
Allen Joines. "We have had tremendous
growth in pedestrian traffic and this program
will be a big part of our continued success."
These services will not replace already
existing services provided by the City of
Winston-Salem but will work to enhance the
appearance of the downtown community by
focusing on the cleaning of sidewalks and tree
wells, removal of large visible debris, graffiti
Jessup named regional GSA leader
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Southeast Regional Administrator by GSA Deputy Administrator Denise Roth (left) for
mally installs Torre Jessup, who is joined by his family.
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Charlotte native Torre
Jessup was recently
installed as regional admin
istrator of the U.S General
Southeast Sunbelt Region.
He is based in Atlanta.
Jessup was appointed to
the position by President
Obama and officially joined
the GSA in August.
Administrator. Jessup over
sees the delivery of real
estate, technology and pro
curement solutions to gov
ernment and the American
people in eight states -
Alabama, Florida. Georgia.
North Carolina.- South
Tennessee. Jessup's portfo
lio encompasses responsi
bility for 1.000 federal
employees, 44 million
square feet of owned and
leased real estate, a $10 bil
lion procurement operation,
and a 40.000 vehicle fleet.
"Appointment was preceded
by nearly 20 years of public
service in his native North
Carolina, where he repre
sented the Office of former
U.S. Mel Watt as district
director and in various liai
son roles. During his tenure
there. Jessup set policy
objectives, oversaw district
level strategy and opera
tions, and managed out
reach and constituent
Jessup has served
appointments on the North
Carolina Human Relations
Commission and the
Transit Finance Working
Group. He is a graduate of
Morehouse College, where
he received a BA degree in
sociology with a concentra
tion in criminal justice.
For those who Serve(d)
Photo by Kevin Walker
Reserved parking spaces for expectant moms and
parents with kids are common, spaces for military
veterans aren't. Many Harris Teeter stores are
showing deference to the men and women who
served the country hy designating convenient
parking spaces for them. Here is one of the spaces
at the Harris Teeter store on Cloverdale Avenue.
Founders tell students about
origins of NeoBlack Society
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
Bria Hall (center) with Dr. Ada Fisher
(right) and Kathryn Jordan Pierce.
NC Republican National Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher
returned to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Sept.
17 to tell students why she and others helped to shape the
school's NeoBlack Society.
Bria Hall, the current president of the Society, invited Fisher,
Pierce, one of her
Class of 1970 class
mates, to join her. A
crowd of more than
150 students lis
tened to the women
as they discussed
the climate of the
the late 1960s and
why black students
felt the need to be
They said the
idea for the
NeoBlack Society -
or New Black
Society - started in
1967 in response to
the disparate treat
ment minorities felt
they faced. The stu
dents also wanted
to introduce cultur
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campus; promote academic success; remove discrimination; and
build bridges with the community.
Betty Cheek, who would go on to serve in the NC Division of
Cultural Affairs, was the Society's first chairperson. Members
took on duties on and off campus. Pierce and Marie Darr and oth
See NeoBlack on A11