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Summit on June 11 focuses on rural public universities and economic transformation

BOONE—The Appalachian Regional Development Institute’s Leadership Summit “Doing Our Part: The Role of North Carolina’s Rural Public Universities in Economic Transformation” will be held June 11 at Appalachian State University in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

Registration is $60, which includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center and breaks. The summit runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information and registration, visit Space is limited. Registration deadline is May 31.

The conference is being held in conjunction with the University of North Carolina’s five rural universities: Appalachian, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, UNC-Pembroke and Western Carolina University.

The summit will highlight the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities that North Carolina’s rural public universities face in contributing to the UNC System goal of economic transformation.

The chancellors from all five rural public universities will participate and share their ideas and thoughts with a statewide audience of businesspeople, economic developers, educators, media and public officials.

Featured speakers include Billy Ray Hall, president, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center; Sec. James T. Fain III, N.C. Department of Commerce; Valeria L. Lee, president, Golden LEAF Foundation; vice president Judith Cone, Ewing Marion Kauffman; and Eva Klein, founder and president of Eva Klein & Associates Ltd.

Leslie Boney, associate vice president for economic development research, policy and planning for UNC General Administration, will moderate the chancellors’ panel.

For more information, contact Meredith Curcio, ARDI Summit coordinator, at (828) 262-1075 or