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LR welcomes newest member of the Board of Trustees

Wed May 7 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — The newest member of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Board of Trustees is Joseph P. McGuire—a prominent Asheville attorney.

McGuire is deeply committed to the belief that the path to a good life is dependent upon education. It is this conviction that has convinced him to join LR’s board.

“I have been hugely impressed by LR and what they’re doing in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia as they provide an education that balances practical instruction, the sciences and the liberal arts,” he said. “I hope to serve as a main point of contact between LR and the Asheville community. I grew up here and I moved back here after college, a stint in the Navy and a job with a big firm in Atlanta.”

As a top business law attorney with business contacts and personal relationships throughout the Asheville region, McGuire is ideally positioned to help guide the development of LR’s Asheville campus.

“I view this as a great opportunity to use my talents as a lawyer and my expertise gained on the board of Brevard College and other non-profit boards to focus on LR’s Asheville campus and the entire LR community,” he said.

McGuire is the president of McGuire, Wood & Bissette. He joined the firm in 1978 and his specialty is business litigation. McGuire’s recent work has focused on a wide range of specialties including contract disputes, municipal liability, business fraud and property disputes.

His clients have included The City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Historic Biltmore Village. Being named among Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite and a North Carolina Super Lawyer for several years are just a few of the professional honors and awards that McGuire has earned over the years.

When he’s not at work for his clients McGuire is serving his community. He serves on a wide range of boards from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County to the Leadership Asheville Forum. He previously served on a number of boards including the Center for Diversity Education at UNC-Asheville and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

McGuire attended Harvard Law School after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1975. He was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia the following year.

“Joe McGuire is one of the most distinguished attorneys in the Asheville community. He has great insight into the needs of Asheville and how Lenoir-Rhyne can provide the optimal services to the region through its Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. He has spent a lifetime in service to his community and specifically to higher education,” said Lenoir-Rhyne University President Wayne Powell. “Joe is a leader—he is a man of vision and he will bring those qualities to bear as our newest member of our Board of Trustees. We are honored to have him here with us.”

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