Pat McCrory Announces Four Appointments

Appoints Brigadier General Anthony Tata (U.S. Army, Ret.) as Secretary of Transportation; Sharon Decker as Secretary of Commerce; Bill Daughtridge as Secretary of Administration; Neal Alexander as Director of the State Office of Personnel

beach-carolina-great-seal-north-carolinaRaleigh, NC Jan. 3, 2013 – Today, North Carolina Governor-Elect Pat McCrory announced that he will appoint Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) as Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Sharon Decker as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Bill Daughtridge as Secretary of the Department of Administration. Additionally, the Governor-Elect announced Neal Alexander will serve as Director of the State Office of Personnel.

With these appointments, Governor-Elect McCrory has filled all eight of his cabinet secretary positions with a diverse, bi-partisan group of people representing all portions of the state. Half of Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet secretaries are Republican and half are either Democrat or Independent.

“I am incredibly proud of the strong team we’ve assembled,” said Governor-Elect McCrory. “These individuals are pragmatic problem solvers and leaders that will help me run the government in the most effective way possible while seeking long-term solutions for our state.”

Governor-Elect McCrory has outlined broad objectives for his cabinet and leadership team, including: (1) instituting a culture of customer service to state government, (2) identifying and implementing efficiencies in state government, (3) collaborating and sharing resources across departments and agencies and (4) instituting the highest ethical standards while serving in government.

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s cabinet after most recently serving as Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, leading the state’s largest school district of 18,000 employees, 150,000 students and a $1.25 billion budget. Prior to serving as Superintendent, General Tata was in Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. forces from 2006-2007. Throughout his career, General Tata has planned and implemented multiple operations involving complex transportation and infrastructure challenges ranging from multi-mode operations involving ports, airfields, rail, and highways to designing and implementing extensive infrastructure plans in developing countries. Among his many military assignments, General Tata served two tours of duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He also served as a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division and as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. General Tata graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981.

Sharon Decker enters the McCrory Administration with extensive private sector experience. She was the CEO of the Tanner Company, a large textile company based in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 2004, Decker created the Tapestry Group, a non-profit that helps individuals lead healthy lives in body, mind and spirit. Decker has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies. She also has more than 17 years of experience with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She began working with the company in consumer services and moved rapidly through the ranks to become the youngest and first female vice president in Duke Power’s history. Her work at Duke Power led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, an organization that still serves as a model for the industry.

Bill Daughtridge is the President of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company based in Rocky Mount and currently is on the UNC Board of Governors, where he serves on the Budget Committee. From 2002-2008, Daughtridge served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he chaired the Commerce Committee and focused his efforts on promoting economic growth and development in North Carolina. Daughtridge is also a former President Area Seven (VA and NC) on the Southern Region Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America and is a former member of the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, the Nash County Board of Travel & Tourism, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and the Rocky Mount Community Foundation. Daughtridge also held other statewide and local leadership positions including President of the North Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, Rocky Mount Area United Way and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to three Cabinet appointments, McCrory also announced that Neal Alexander will serve as the Director of the State Office of Personnel. Alexander joins Governor-Elect McCrory’s leadership team with 40 years of experience in various Human Resources roles at Duke Energy. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Human Resources for Duke Energy’s US Franchised Electric and Gas Service, and has won awards for excellence in Human Resources such as the Duke Power William S. Lee Leadership Award and The Employers Association Babcock Award. He also currently serves as chair of the Gardner-Webb University Board of Trustees and The Employers Association, which provides human resources and training services to organizations.

Below are complete bios on each of today’s announced appointments.

Governor-Elect McCrory will be sworn in on Saturday, January 5 at the State Capitol. Immediately following his official swearing-in ceremony, he will personally administer the oath of office to his cabinet secretaries.

Anthony J. Tata

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) will serve as North Carolina’s next Secretary of Transportation. General Tata brings to his position over three decades of public service as a military officer and public school system leader. Tony has a history of successfully leading and transforming large, complex organizations with vast responsibilities.

Most recently he served as the Superintendent of Wake County Public School System, leading the state’s largest school district of 18,000 employees and 150,000 students to record academic heights. During his time in the military, General Tata’s last combat tour was in Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. forces in 2006-2007. Throughout his career, General Tata planned and implemented multiple operations involving complex transportation and infrastructure challenges ranging from multi-mode operations involving ports, airfields, rail, and highways to designing and implementing extensive infrastructure plans in developing countries. In the last five years General Tata has successfully managed large budgets ranging from $4.5 billion in the Department of Defense’s counter-roadside bomb program to $1.25 billion in the Wake County Public School System.

Among his many military assignments, General Tata served two tours of duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He also served as a brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division and as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. Among his military decorations, he has been awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star, served as a Master Parachutist and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Ranger School. He is listed as a distinguished member of the 502nd, 504th, and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments.

General Tata graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981. During his career, he served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, earned a Master’s of Arts in International Relations from the Catholic University of America and has a Master’s of Military Art and Science from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.

General Tata is married to his wife Jodi Amanda Tata and has two children, Brooke and Zachary.

Sharon Decker

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Decker spent more than 17 years with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She began with the company in consumer services and moved rapidly through the ranks to become the youngest and first female vice president in Duke Power’s history. Her work at Duke Power led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, an organization that still serves as a model for the industry.

Decker left Duke Power as Chief Communications Officer to become the founding president of The Lynnwood Foundation, which was created to restore the Duke Mansion in Charlotte as a conference center, and to begin the William States Lee Leadership Institute. While at Lynnwood in 1998, she also served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber and was named Charlotte Woman of the Year. She moved to Rutherfordton, NC in 1999 to serve as president of the Doncaster division of Tanner Companies. In 2004, she created the Tapestry Group, a non-profit that helps individuals lead healthy lives in body, mind and spirit.

In addition to her work with Tapestry, Decker is wife to her husband, Bob, a mother of four, a lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a student at the Christopher White School of Divinity, completing her Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Spiritual Formation. She completed an internship last year as Director of Graduate Ministries for the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, Virginia where she served as chaplain to students at the Darden School of Business and the UVA School of Law. She remains a member of the Board of the Center for Christian Study. Decker has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies.

Bill Daughtridge

Bill Daughtridge brings experience in both the private and public sectors to the McCrory Administration. Currently, he serves as President of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company, the fuel oil company his grandfather began in 1929 based in Rocky Mount. Also, Daughtridge currently sits on the UNC Board of Governors, where he chairs the Governance Committee. Daughtridge is also a former President Area Seven (VA and NC) on the Southern Region Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America.

From 2002-2008, Daughtridge served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he chaired the Commerce Committee and focused his efforts on promoting economic growth and development in Eastern North Carolina. He also served on the Agriculture, Education, Environment and Natural Resources, Finance and Transportation committees during his time in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Daughtridge is an accomplished businessman, owning and operating businesses throughout eastern North Carolina.

He is a past member of the North Carolina Economic Development Board, the Travel and Tourism Boards for Nash County and North Carolina, has served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for Tri-County Industries, Board of Trustees for Rocky Mount Academy, president of the Rocky Mount Area United Way and the Eastern Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He continues to serve on the Wachovia Bank Advisory Board, Rocky Mount Civic Club, the Rocky Mount Community Foundation and several professional industry organizations.

Daughtridge holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina. He is married to Partha Daughtridge and has two children, William and Meredith.

Neal Alexander

Neal Alexander is an award winning Human Resources professional with 40 years of experience at Duke Energy in various roles. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Human Resources for Duke Energy’s US Franchised Electric and Gas Service. During his tenure at Duke Energy, Alexander gained valuable merger and divestiture experience having worked through numerous organizational restructures and realignments.

Alexander has won awards for leadership and excellence in Human Resources such as the Duke Power William S. Lee Leadership Award and The Employers Association Babcock Award.

Alexander currently serves on the Carolinas Specialty Hospital Board of Trustees. He also currently as chair of the Gardner-Webb University Board of Trustees and The Employers Association, which provides human resources and training services to organizations.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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