N.C. General Assembly Appoints Attorney Richard Stevens to UNC Health Board of Directors  


Smith Anderson attorney Richard Stevens has been appointed to the UNC Health Board of Directors that oversees the University of North Carolina health care system, comprised of 15 hospitals, 19 hospital campuses and more than 900 clinics along with the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine.

The UNC Health Board of Directors is responsible for providing financial planning and oversight, governance and strategic guidance to the UNC Health system network.

Richard joined Smith Anderson in 2012 focusing his practice on government relations after serving five terms as Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly from 2003-2012, during which time he was ranked the Senate’s third most effective member, according to a survey by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. While serving in the Senate, Richard co-chaired the Education/Higher Education Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee and served as a budget leader under both Republican and Democratic majorities.

Among his many accomplishments at the flagship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Richard served for twelve years on its Board of Trustees including four terms as chair. He was also chair of its General Alumni Association from 2000-2001; the Board of Visitors for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Hospital from 2014-2016; and The Carolina Club from 1994-1997 and 2002-2011. Nationally, he was chair of the Council of Board Chairs of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges from 1999-2000.

UNC’s General Alumni Association honored Richard in 2022 with its inaugural Rand - Lambeth Advocacy Award for his “extraordinary” support of public higher education. UNC also presented Richard with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017 and the William Richardson Davie Award in 2010. The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce gave him its Award for Distinguished Public Service in 2017.



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