Faces of UNC Asheville

Pat received her B.A. from UNC Greensboro. Formerly a CPA, she retired in 2009 as President of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, where she served for 25 years.

Pat serves as a board member and immediate past chair of Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement... Read More


N. King Prather earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. King manages the Law Office at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which includes his role as Corporate Secretary.  He also oversees the... Read More

Vice Chair
N. King

Kennon received his MPA in Urban Management and BA in Sociology from NC State before pursuing post graduate studies at the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill. Kennon retired in 2012 as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff with the North Carolina Community College System after... Read More


JW holds a BS in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the LSU School of Banking.

JW is currently an associate with Bison Investments, Inc., a private equity investment firm. His previous work included 43 years in the banking industry,... Read More


Robert B Long Jr is a founding partner of Long, Parker, Warren, Anderson & Payne, P.A. Bob received his undergraduate degree in 1963 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continued there for law school, receiving his L.L.B with honors in 1965, where he was a member of the... Read More


A native of North Dakota, Rick earned a Masters Degree in Economics from North Dakota State University and served in the US Army Adjutant General Corps.

Rick retired as President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Previously, he served as President of the... Read More


Academic Standing: Junior; Major: pre-med Political Science and Sociology double major with a minor in Africana Studies;

Hometown: Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Why I am involved with SGA: I am an engaged student leader interested in improving campus climate in areas... Read More

Student Government Association President

Piyush is a technology professional with over 25 years of experience with prominent companies like IBM and Qualcomm in various capacities. He holds 27 patents. He has served on IEEE 802.3y Ethernet standard group as PCS sub-layer editor for 100Base-T2 standard as well as the Network Processor... Read More


Ronald A. Paulus, MD, is President and CEO of Mission Health in North Carolina, the only health system ever designated as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems for four consecutive years by Thomson Reuters in 2012, and its successor Truven Health Analytics in 2013-2015.  Mission Health... Read More

Ronald A.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Robby began his banking career with Central Fidelity Bank in Richmond, Virginia as a commercial lender.  In February 1990 he joined First Union in Charlotte, as... Read More