BEST NC is committed to protecting every student’s right to come to school ready to learn, have an excellent teacher and school leadership, and graduate with relevant, globally-competitive career and life skills. learn more>>
BEST NC works to convene a broad constituency, inform an engaged business community, and advocate for policies, research, programs and awareness that will move the needle toward a shared, bold vision for education. learn more>>
I believe public education in North Carolina is the lifeblood of our state’s future. Not only are we teaching the next generation to explore the world, to think and achieve--our public schools are creating the leaders and knowledge workers who will put North Carolina at the top of the class in the information age. Nothing could be more important.
I joined the BEST NC Board because I believe in public education in North Carolina. Having served on the UNC Board of Governors for three terms, I have had the opportunity to see how varied in quality are the K-12 systems throughout the state. I want to work throughout the state to make K-12 students better prepared for higher education.
Leroy Lail Chairman, Hickory Furniture Mart
I am a member of NC Best because we need proactive business community leaders to step up to the challenge of developing a fact-based approach to creating an educational system that will increase students’ success rates and provide our economy with the workers we need, now and in the future.
Jane Lewis-Raymond Senior Vice President and Chief Legal, Compliance and External Relations Officer, Piedmont Natural Gas
I joined the BEST NC Board because ensuring the children in North Carolina receive a quality education is vital to their ability to be productive and competitive in the workforce and without a strong pipeline of qualified talent, the state will not be successful in attracting new businesses to the area or supporting the growing needs of existing business.
Robert A. Niblock Chairman, President and CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
A good education is unquestionably the best instrument that contributes to the success of an individual or a society, a state or a nation. NC is now at a crucial juncture in the development of the nation, since it has the potential to capitalize on its inherent strength in education and business, so as to make it one of the leading states in the fast growing globally competitive 21st century economy.
Thomas Vaidhyan CEO, Aten, Inc.
I believe public education in North Carolina should be viewed as a top priority. What could be more important than investing our time and resources in the human capital and potential of our citizens?
Anna Spangler Nelson Chairman, Spangler Companies, Inc.
In a knowledge based, global economy, education is the key to success. BEST NC will keep education at the top of the public agenda in our state. There is nothing more important for our future.
Brad Wilson President & CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
’The value of a residential home and appreciation of that home is in direct proportion to the perceived value of the education received at the school at the end of the street.’ For my 44 year real estate career, this is all I hear and heard in all five states that I worked in. Families and business have the same goal.... to raise the bar and better prepare students for the jobs of the future!
Pat Riley President & COO, Allen Tate Companies
I believe public education is the key to unlocking the full potential of every individual and the cornerstone to building a stronger, more innovative and competitive nation
John Replogle Chief Executive Officer, Seventh Generation