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Cooper and Frank Elected to Appalachian’s Board of Trustees

BOONE–John E. Cooper Jr. of Boone and Hughlene Frank of Greensboro have been elected to four-year terms of office on Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees beginning July 1.

The UNC Board of Governors approved the election of Cooper and Frank, and the reelection of Robert L. Turchin Sr. of Hound Ears and Miami Beach, Fla., and James D. Branch of Winston-Salem during its May meeting.

Cooper and his wife Faye own the Mast General Store, which has locations in Boone, Valle Crucis, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville and Greenville, S.C.

Cooper is a past member of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business Advisory Council and past co-chair of Appalachian’s fundraising Campaign for the Arts. He is a member of the boards of the North Carolina Arts Council, High Country Host, Hospitality House of Boone and Piedmont Savings and Loan. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Frank is a 1968 graduate of Appalachian. She is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council and chaired the council from 2000-02. She also is a member of the Yosef Club, the university’s athletes fundraising organization.

Frank is involved in a variety of leadership and civic activities in Greensboro. She is a member of the Mental Health Association of Greensboro Board of Directors, the Guilford College Board of Visitors, the Greensboro Symphony Guild executive board and the Greensboro Preservation Society.

Branch is an ophthalmologist. He has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations in Forsyth County and the state.

He has served on the Winston-Salem State University Board of Visitors, the St. Augustine College Board of Trustees and the Brenner Children’s Hospital Board of Directors. He has been active in the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston-Salem Rotary International, Boy Scouts of American Old Hickory Council, and is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem.

He is a graduate of Franklin College and Howard University College of Medicine.

Turchin is president of RLT Investment Corporation of Miami Beach, Fla.

He is a member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the university’s An Appalachian Summer Advisory Committee. In 1997, he received the Appalachian Alumni Association’s Outstanding Service Award. He was named an honorary alumnus of Appalachian in 2001.

Turchin served as city councilman of Miami Beach from 1963-65 and vice mayor of the city from 1965-67.

He is a graduate of Tulane University.

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