Earl Johnson Jr. Elected New Board Chair of NC Zoo Society

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Earl Johnson Jr., a 2010 inductee into the Raleigh Hall of Fame and well known throughout North Carolina for his support of non-profit organizations, elected Board Chairman of the NC Zoo Society.

Earl Johnson Jr.

The Board and staff look forward to Earl’s leadership the next two years. He has already been actively and positively involved to an unprecedented degree.

Southern Industrial Constructors founder and Chairman, Earl Johnson, Jr., was elected NC Zoo Society’s Board Chairman. He has served on the Society Board since 2005.

Mr. Johnson, a 2010 inductee into the Raleigh Hall of Fame, is well known throughout North Carolina for his support of numerous non-profit organizations. A North Carolina native, Johnson has served on the RTI International Board for over 37 years, and is now serving his 17th year as chairman.

He has been a champion for youth, serving as board member and president for the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs, and on the boards of Ravenscroft School, Virginia Episcopal School, and on the board of visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continues as a 30-year member and past president of the Oakwood Cemetery Board, and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center board of visitors.

“The Board and staff look forward to Earl’s leadership the next two years. He has already been actively and positively involved to an unprecedented degree,” said NC Zoo Society Executive Director, Russ Williams.

Other board officers elected were Vice Chair Mark K. Metz of Charlotte, Albert L. Butler III of Winston-Salem, and Therence O. Pickett of Greensboro. New to the Society Board is Minor T. Hinson. Mr. Hinson is the Director of Business and Corporate Development for CRC & Company (New York & London) Charlotte office.

The NC Zoo Society, formed in 1968 - five years before the first animal arrived, is a private, non-profit membership organization that builds partnerships in support of the North Carolina Zoo, its projects, wild life and wild places. As an independent association of members, they are committed to supporting the Zoo and its initiatives. This is accomplished through membership, gift shops, fund raising, publicity and promotions. Formed during the earliest days of the Zoo’s development, the Society has played a major role in the Zoo’s creation and growth. The Society is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Up to 25 statewide representatives, the Board sets policy and priorities for the Society. Daily operations are carried out by a full-time 27-person staff. The NC Zoo Society is led by Russ Williams, who has served as Executive Director for 25 years.

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