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Located in the Office of the Governor, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit comprised of North Carolina's corporate leaders.  NCBCE seeks to ensure that every student in North Carolina graduates from high school ready for life and work in a global society.

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NCBCE Supports Education in North Carolina



A Message from the Governors

Invest, Inspire, Innovate

NCBCE Members Serve

SBE: Essential Conversation: Public Education for the Common Good
Where we've been...Where we are...Where we want to be
Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Allliances
André Peek, IBM
Ken Eudy, Capstrat

Global Schools Network Advisory Board
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
André Peek, IBM

School Leadership Focus Group
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
Albert Eckel, Corning/Eckel&Vaughan
André Peek, IBM
Kyra Sinclair, Kelly Services
Steve Brechbiel, Quintiles
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco
Ros Guerrie, BB&T
Andy Fox, Kimley-Horn
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Alliances
Shirley Prince, NC Principals & Asst. Principals Assn.
Neil Kimrey, Dept. of Public Instruction
Principals Included: Muriel Summers and Matt Wight, Wake County; Dawn Ramseur, Hoke County; Budd Dingwall and LaChawn Smith, New Hanover County

Envisioning A 21st Century System for Students Focus Group
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
Adam Garry, Dell
Curry Gaskins, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Liz Riley, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Alliances
Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes
Ann McColl, SBE Legislative Director

Graduation Achievement Awards
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco (Business Leader Speaker)

Global Education Task Force of the SBE Focus Group
*IBM- André Peek, Vice President, Communications Sector, Global Technology Services
*RED HAT- Gary Jordan, Senior Program Director Operations, Global Change Management
*NOVARTIS- Joe Lingle, Head, Global Program Integration

Conversation With State Board of Education Chair
Lisa Prather, Fifth Third Bank
David Young, VIF International Education
Andrew Crawford, Kelly Services
Mark Thompson, Xerox
Michele Miller, Xerox

NC School of Science and Math Focus Group
Helen Leupold, BD
André Peek, IBM
Pam Townsend, AECOM
Sam Morris, Lenovo
Jeanene Martin, WakeMed
Erik Legg, Syngenta
Kenneth Zeitler, Rex Healthcare
Andrew Krieman, Allscripts
Albert Eckel, Eckel & Vaughan

Governor's School Focus Group
Melanie Chernoff, Red Hat
Liz Riley, Womble Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Jayne Tipton, Wells Fargo
Harris Vaughan, Eckel & Vaughan

Governor's Education Transformation Commission
Pam Townsend, AECOM

Governor Job Tour Roundtable
Albert Eckel, Eckel and Vaughan
Tom Looney, Lenovo
Jim Pridgen, Firestone
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Brendan Moylan, Sports Endeavors
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten
Jonathan Fussell, Duplin Winery
Esther Alegria, Biogen Idec

Governors Office Focus Group
Woody Dicus, Progress Energy
Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline
André Peek, IBM
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco
Jeanene Martin, WakeMed

NC Virtual Public School Advisory Board
Melanie Chernoff, Red Hat

Compliance Commission
Steve Goldsmith, Syngenta

DPI New Accountability Model Business Focus Group
Adam Garry, Dell
Bo Sommers, Duke Energy
Johnny Jacobs, Nucor
Blount Williams, Alfred Williams
Albert Eckel, Eckel and Vaughan/Corning
Michael Doyle, Manpower
Steve Goldsmith, Syngenta
Scott McLean, The Biltmore Company
Linda Haskins, Dominion Power

IEI Business Committee for Creativity
Pamela Townsend, AECOM
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten, Inc.
Jennifer Kline, State Farm
Ben Kinney, Business North Carolina Magazine

Economic Development Board
Joel Butler, Vidant Health

IEI Education Advisory Issue Council
Tricia Willoughby, NCBCE

Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force
Laura Hamre, Fidelity Investments

Council For Women
Jane Martin, Qué Pasa

Teachers Matter Initiative
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten, Inc.
Diego Aisenberg, Qué Pasa Media Network

NC Principals Association Distinguished Leaders Program
RBC Bank
Progress Energy

Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children
Steve Brechbiel, Quintiles

Healthy Schools Cabinet
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Appointment to JOBS Commission
Pam Townsend, AECOM

2010 College Application Planning Committee
Joanne Burden, Sports Endeavors

Competitive Students Committee of the State Board of Education
Joel Butler, Vident Health

Blue Ribbon Accountability Commission
André Peek, IBM

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools State Council
Pam Townsend, AECOM

Arts Curriculum Feedback
Qué Pasa Media Network
Topics Education
Aten, Inc
Red Hat
RBC Bank
Eckel and Vaughan
Truliant Federal Credit Union
Samet Corporation

2010 North Carolina Summit on US/China Education
NCBCE corporations participated in this international event

Ad Hoc Committee on School Leadership
Joe Freddoso, MCNC
André Peek, IBM
Bill Shore, GlaxoSmithKline

NC Science, Math, Technology Center Board
Susan Jackson, WakeMed

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Anjana Bhuta Wills, Nandhini Viswonathan, Barbara Guidos, BD

NC Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service
Woody Dicus, Progress Energy

NC Financial Literacy Council
Verna Gessaman, RBC Bank
Leigh Brady, SECU

Confucius Classrooms in NC
Karen Ondrick, Lenovo

Teacher Working Conditions Survey Sponsors
Duke Energy-Carolinas
Golden Corral

Webinar Series
NCBCE Corporate Members
Local NC Chambers
Education Stakeholders

Jobs For The Future Conference
Various NCBCE Companies

Joint Boards Meeting to Unveil Governor's Education Agenda
All NCBCE Member Companies Invited to Attend

World View: An International Program for Educators
André Peek, IBM
Tricia Willoughby, NCBCE

Emerging Issues Forum
Various NCBCE Companies

North Carolina Science Festival at the Morehead Planetarium
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten

Students@Work℠: March 14 - 18, 2016

Students@Work℠ is a project of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The goal is for North Carolina businesses to help middle school students in their community see the opportunities that exist in the workplace through job shadowing and career exposure programs.

Students@Work℠ Flyer – Click Here


Students@Work is a partnership with NCBCE and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer job shadowing opportunities to middle school students in North Carolina.


22,500 middle schoolers join businesses across the state for Students@Work Week, 2015

Middle schooler exploring the inside of a computer at Lenovo (Photo courtesy of Lenovo)

Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed March 2-6, 2015 Students@Work Week. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative that connects schools and businesses, giving students the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals and get an idea of what kind of careers may be options for them in the future. Students@Work Week is made possible through a strong partnership between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Click here to see more.

Business & Education Round Table January 2014

North Carolina's workforce and companies benefit when business takes an active role in schools and state government. Career day used to be the best chance companies had to ignite students’ interest in a career. Today there are more opportunities for businesses to get involved in education.

Click here to read the full story from Business North Carolina


North Carolina will be the education leader not just in the Southeast or in the nation, but in the world – with every North Carolina graduate earning a place of honor, prosperity and service in our society.



Distinguished Leadership in Practice


“Where you find a great school,
you find a distinguished leader.”

NC Principals & Assistant Principals Association

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education partners with the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association

Data from North Carolina’s Teacher Working Conditions survey proves that leadership is an essential component of strong schools. Recognizing the importance of school leadership, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) partners with the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) to enhance the professional development of practicing principals. Click here to download the Distinguished Leadership in Practice.

A special thanks to NCBCE member companies who helped support the survey. More than 100,000 educators participated (with an 86% participation rate). Complete statewide data and analysis can be found at:

Business leaders support the Teacher Working Conditions survey because we know the connection between student achievement and the retention of excellent teachers. The North Carolina Business Committee for Education has been behind this survey since its inception in 2002 and we encourage every teacher in North Carolina to participate in the survey.
- Dale Whitworth, Chair of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education
and Senior Vice President and CFO, Golden Corral

NCBCE's Dale Whitworth of Golden Corral, Mark Thompson of Xerox, Adri Maisonet of BCBS, David Liberatore of BBH Design, Jason Mooneyham, Chris Frey and Karen Ondrick of Lenovo.
NCBCE's Dale Whitworth of Golden Corral, Mark Thompson of Xerox, Adri Maisonet of BCBS, David Liberatore of BBH Design, Jason Mooneyham, Chris Frey and Karen Ondrick of Lenovo.

Real World Learning For Children Matters

The idea of bringing real-world experts and professionals into classrooms isn’t new. But when Eric Schwarz and Ned Rimer proposed the idea in Boston, MA in 1995 they had a bigger picture in mind. They had a vision to bring citizens into the classroom to expose middle school students to hands-on experiences that gave relevance to their learning. Tens of thousands of kids and volunteers later, it is safe to say that their vision has turned into a reality.

The nonprofit, Citizen Schools, expands the school day for students in low-income communities in a meaningful way. The organization is working to close the achievement and opportunity gaps that so many children often face as they try to overcome obstacles in their daily lives and communities. Click here to learn more.


NCBCE Publications

Core Value Proposition
Core Value Proposition>>

Strategic Snapshots
Strategic Snapshots >>

Models of Innovation>>

DPI All Round Table Discussion January 8, 2013

NCBCE Webinars


Click here to View Students@Work Webinar:  October 22, 2012

NCBCE Webinar Pre-KCareer & College Promise Webinar January 30, 2012

Previous Webinars

NCBCE Webinar Series:  Career & College Ready Set Go! CFNC Webinar:  More than meets the eye