Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has been appointed to UNC Charlotte’s board of trustees.
Decker, a former Duke Energy executive, is currently the president of NURAY Media, a digital media company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of classic movies and television. She will begin her four-year term on UNCC’s board on July 1.
“Sharon Decker brings a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that will significantly enhance UNC Charlotte’s Board of Trustees. We already consider her a great friend of the University and are truly excited to have her on board in this meaningful, new capacity,” Philip Dubois, UNCC’s chancellor, said in a statement Monday.
After her 17-year tenure and Duke Energy, Decker led The Lynnwood Foundation, which bought Charlotte’s historic Duke Mansion from the Rays in 1996 and now maintains the venue as a meeting facility. In 1998, she chaired the Charlotte Chamber. She is also a lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church.
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Decker stepped down as Commerce Secretary in December after almost two years on the job. As secretary, Decker had focused on landing automobile manufacturing plants, major prizes in the economic development world because they also attract suppliers and logistics companies. In September, she visited Japan in a bid to bring more jobs to the state.
Governor Pat McCrory, who appointed Decker to the Commerce Department role in January 2013, has credited Decker with lowering the state’s unemployment rate and bringing 157,000 new jobs to the state.
Decker still serves on the boards of Matthews-based Family Dollar as well as Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.
The UNCC board also reappointed current trustees Joe Price, Dhiaa Jamil and Laura Schulte, each to their second, full four-year term.