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Former NC Secretary of Cultural Resources to Participate in Next Aspects of Leadership Program

Wed Mar 13 2013

HICKORY, N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Council and the Alex Lee Foundation will sponsor the next speaker in the Aspects of Leadership program on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00 pm in the Fintel Classroom of the McCrorie Building on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Betty Ray McCain, former North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources, will speak on leadership in the arts and humanities arena. McCain was appointed to this position in 1993 by Governor Jim Hunt and served until 2001. During her tenure as Secretary, McCain was instrumental in the building of the current North Carolina Museum of History; in securing additional land for the North Carolina Art Museum; in securing major funding for the building of Meymandi Concert Hall, home of the North Carolina Symphony; and in securing major funding for the excavation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

McCain has served North Carolina in many roles, including as a four-term member of the UNC Board of Governors and as an advocate for numerous cultural groups such as the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Art. She has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of UNC-TV and the Board of Visitors of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is a member of the board of WilMed Hospital Foundation.

McCain is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the UNC General Alumni Association Distinguished Service Medal, the Design Guild Award from the NCSU College of Design, and the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 she received the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the state for public service. In addition, she is a 2010 inductee into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame. McCain is also a member of the Faison and the Duplin County Halls of Fame.

She attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh and then UNC-CH, where she received an A.B. Degree in music. Afterwards, she attended Columbia University in New York where she received an M.A. degree in music. She also holds honorary degrees from UNC Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Barton College.

For additional information on the Aspects of Leadership program, please contact Clem Geitner at

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