Selection Committee

A network of dedicated and talented NC State alumni, faculty, and friends participate in our application and selection process. The Selection Committee assists with application reviews, interviewing, and outreach.


Regional Selection Committees

There are 11 Regional Selection Committees across North Carolina and the United States, each chaired by a veteran Regional Selection Committee member (see below). A strength of using regional committees is that applicants are first reviewed by people who are familiar with their communities and schools. About 200 Selection Committee members annually review applications and interview semifinalists advancing from their regions.


NC Regions and Selection Committee Leaders

  • Coast: Travis Burke ’82, ’86, ’02; Term: 2013-2017
  • Mountain: George Auten ’78, ’85; Term: 2013-2017
  • Piedmont: Scott Leo ’90; Term: 2013-2017
  • Sandhills: Sherman Criner ’88; Term: 2015-2019
  • Triad: Dan McCanless ’71; Term: 2014-2018
  • Triangle: Mark Voelker ’02*; Term: 2013-2017

US Regions and Selection Committee Leaders

  • Atlantic: Alex Hall ’03*; Term: 2012-2016
  • Central: Kristin Williams ’02; Term: 2012-2016
  • South: Melissa Thompson ’03*; Term: 2013-2017
  • Southeast: Elizabeth Hotaling ’03*; Term: 2012-2016
  • West: Tyler Pool Pender ’06*; Term: 2015-2019

*Park Scholarships Alumni