About Our Board of Directors
Arch T. Allen is a partner with the Raleigh law firm Allen, Moore & Rogers, LLP, where he practices general civil and business law. From 1991 to 1995, he served as vice chancellor for development and university relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1991. Allen received his bachelor of science degree and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
J. Edgar Broyhill is the president and managing director of the Broyhill Group, an investment banking company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a trustee of Appalachian State University, with which his family has had a long association. In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the 5th District congressional seat, representing Statesville, Mount Airy, and Boone.
Virginia Foxx was elected to Congress in 2004 from North Carolina’s fifth congressional district. She previously spent ten years in the North Carolina Senate. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her A.B. degree in English and her M.A.C.T. in sociology. She has an Ed. D. in curriculum and teaching/higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Foxx taught at Caldwell Community College and was a sociology instructor at Appalachian State University, where she also held several administrative positions. Foxx served as deputy secretary for management in the North Carolina Department of Administration during the governorship of Jim Martin. Prior to her election to the North Carolina Senate, she served as president and later as consultant at Mayland Community College.
John M. Hood is president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, an independent, nonprofit think tank that works to improve public policy in North Carolina. Hood is a syndicated columnist on state politics and public policy for the High Point Enterprise, the Durham Herald-Sun, and newspapers in more than 30 other North Carolina communities. He is a regular radio commentator and a weekly panelist on the statewide television program N.C. Spin. Hood also hosts Carolina Journal Radio, an hour-long newsmagazine that appears on 16 commercial stations each weekend. Hood is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a native of Mecklenburg County and currently resides in southern Wake County with his sons, Alex and Andrew.
Joseph P. Lindsley Sr. is co-founder and co-owner of Milestone Investments, a retirement services investment firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lindsley received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and spent fifteen years with Aetna Financial, where his specialty was retirement plan services and investing. He left Aetna in 1996 to join Miles & Associates, a consulting firm in Charlotte, and in 1999 co-founded Milestone Investments. Lindsley was president of the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools Board in 2004-5. He is a member of the national board of the Friends of the Toronto Oratory and a past finance council board member at St. Vincent’s Church.
James G. Martin is a member of the North Carolina government relations practice of McGuire Woods Consulting in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the governor of North Carolina from 1985 through 1993. He also served six terms as a member of the U.S. Congress. He was the first elected official to receive the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, which is given by the American Chemical Society for outstanding public service by an American chemist. Before joining McGuire Woods Consulting, Martin was a corporate vice-president of Carolinas HealthCare System. Martin began his career as an educator, earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University and later teaching chemistry at his alma mater, Davidson College. During that time, he also served for three terms as a Mecklenburg County commissioner.
Tim Moore represents Cleveland County in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he is serving his second term. He is chairman of the Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform Committee and a vice chairman of the Judiciary II Committee. Moore is an attorney in Shelby, North Carolina. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma University School of Law.
David W. Riggs is vice president of operations and programs at the John William Pope Foundation, a private grant-making foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. Riggs previously served as an environmental program officer at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has also held senior fellow positions at the Capital Research Center, the Competitive nterprise Institute, and the Center of the American Experiment. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Ph.D. in applied economics at Clemson University. He has taught economics at George Mason University.
John W. (Jack) Sommer, Ph.D., is president of the Political Economy Research Institute of Charlotte and Knight Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he serves on the boards of directors of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and the Charlotte Area Science Network. His public service includes being senior advisor for science and technology for the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sommer received his A.M. and Ph.D. in geography and African studies from Boston University and his A.B. in geography from Dartmouth College. He lives in Cornelius, North Carolina.