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UNCG Bryan School announces expansion of Economics Advisory Board

The UNC Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics is kicking off the first stages of a planned expansion of its Economics Advisory Board with the addition of three new members for the Spring 2021 semester.

The board, established in 2015, advises the school’s Department of Economics regarding its progress and interactions with students, business partners, and the community to develop, plan and facilitate specific targeted activities that advance goals both at the departmental and college level.

“We are very excited to welcome each of these members to our Economics Advisory Board,” said Dr. Jeremy Bray, professor, and interim head of the Bryan School’s Department of Economics. “With broad expertise, from investment and financial services to risk management, our advisory board is able to bring diverse experiences and valuable insights that can benefit our students, the Bryan School, and UNCG as a whole.”

The board is currently chaired by David Jolley of Allen C. Ewing & Co. Jolley, one of the first graduates of UNCG’s master’s program in Economics, has a long history of involvement with the university including time spent on the Board of Visitors.

New to the board are Ms. Amelia Storms Hopkins, former Senior Vice President of Granville Capital, Inc., a graduate of the Bryan School and active supporter of the university, Mr. Andy Hiles, F.S.A., UNCG graduate and VP, Plan Sponsor Insights and Health Equity Solutions with Aetna, and Mr. John Quigley, a graduate of UNCG as well as The Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who retired from BNY Mellon I Pershing in early 2020 after 34 years in financial services.

They will join current board members Dr. Brant Morefield, Director of Health Care Research and Evaluation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, who holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UNCG, and Mr. Keith Becker, SVP and Operations Research Manager at Bank of America, who earned his MA in Applied Microeconomics from UNCG.

The board operates through four standing committees: development, curriculum, job placement, and recruitment. As it relates to the board’s expansion, the recruitment committee will have a hand in identifying potential new members to recruit to the board and will be the first point of contact for potential members.

With plans to further expand the board ongoing, its members will continue to provide the Department of Economics with a network of experienced professionals with whom the department can collaborate, aiming to strengthen ties between the department and the business community, government agencies, and other potential employers or providers of internship opportunities.

“This is an exciting time for the Bryan School and its Department of Economics. I look forward to the growth of the Economics Advisory Board, and along with it, the wealth of knowledge and invaluable expertise that will be available to us as we continue to develop the exceptional problem solvers that businesses want and communities need,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks.

Those with inquiries or interest in joining the board may email Ashley Peters at arpeter2@uncg.edu for more information.