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Charlotte lawyer named chair of UNC’s Board of Governors

Charlotte-based lawyer John Fennebresque was elected chairman of the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Governors on Friday, officials said.

Fennebresque – a vice chair at the international law firm of McGuireWoods – is a UNC alumnus and has been a member of the university system’s board since 2011.

The Board of Governors is the policy-making board for the 17-campus statewide system. Fennebresque currently chairs its personnel and tenure committee and serves on the public affairs committee. Fennebresque will succeed Peter Hanson July 1.

“The news that John Fennebresque has been elected as chairman of the UNC Board of Governors is the best news to come out of Raleigh in several years. John is smart, capable, tireless, tenacious and – most important – a champion of higher education,” said Hugh McColl.

“His leadership will be of great benefit to the citizens of the state of North Carolina. We are lucky for him to be willing to take this post.”

Fennebresque received a bachelor of arts degree from UNC in 1970 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1973. His areas of practice focus on banking, finance and corporate law.

Fennebresque has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America” for banking and finance law by Woodward/White Inc. since 2009.