RALEIGH — State lawmakers have made their selections for the governing boards of Greensboro’s two public universities.

The N.C. House and Senate on Tuesday reappointed two members to the UNCG Board of Trustees. The Republican-led legislature also picked two new members for A&T’s board. The four-year terms for these new and returning board members start Monday.

Betsy Oakley and Elizabeth Phillips were appointed to their second full terms on UNCG’s board. Oakley is a UNCG graduate and co-owner of Charles Aris Inc., an executive search firm based in Greensboro. Phillips is the executive director of the Phillips Foundation, a charitable organization with offices in Greensboro and Dallas.

A&T’s new trustees are Bhaskar R. Venepalli of Cary and Mark Copeland of Dallas.

Venepalli is co-founder and CEO of CiVentiChem, a chemical company based in Cary. Copeland is a managing partner of the accounting firm EY. The former Charlotte resident has been a trustee at East Carolina University since 2013. His term on that board expires Sunday.

The legislature appointed three other Guilford County residents to university boards: Jimmy Clark of Greensboro to the N.C. State board, and Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey and Brent Moore to the Winston-Salem State board.

Clark is a 1974 N.C. State graduate and the owner and president of Guy M. Turner, the Greensboro crane and rigging company. He’s also the current chairman of N.C. State’s board.

Bailey, a WSSU graduate, is a High Point orthodontist. Moore is the CEO and general counsel of a Greensboro hedge fund.

The legislature and UNC Board of Governors — the system’s governing board — select trustees in odd-number years. Every other year, the Board of Governors appoints four trustees to the board of each system school, and the House and Senate each get one pick.

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