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Alexander, Cook and Cummings join Appalachian State University Foundation Board

BOONE—J. Cantey Alexander III of Winston-Salem, Fairley Bell Cook of Raleigh and Edna W. Cummings of Rockville, Maryland, have been named members of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. Each was appointed to a four-year term.

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J. Cantey Alexander III

Alexander is a 1986 graduate of Appalachian and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He also is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware and the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alexander has more than 27 years of banking experience with BB&T where he is the bank’s triad regional president. He has risen through the ranks at BB&T where he began his career as a branch manager, business services officer and city executive in Reidsville, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem.

His community service includes board membership on The Greensboro Partnership, Winston-Salem Alliance, Winston-Salem Business Inc., United Way of Forsyth County and Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.

At Appalachian, he is a former member of the Board of Visitors and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Walker College of Business. He also has served on the Appalachian Alumni Association’s Alumni Leadership Committee.

Fairley Bell Cook

Cook is co-owner of family real estate enterprises Marjan Ltd. and Bell Investments Limited Partnership. She also is president of the Bell Family Foundation.

She graduated from Appalachian in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music and merchandising, now music industry studies, and a minor in business. Cook is a former member of the Yosef Club Advisory Board. She also is a member of the Dean’s Club in the Walker School of Business, and provides philanthropic support to the Hayes School of Music, Belk Library and Information Commons and The Appalachian Fund.

Cook received the Honorary Lifetime Membership to Presbyterian Women for her service to her church. She serves on various local and statewide non-profit boards. She has received the Rookie of the Year Award from the Wake County Homebuilders Association, Dedication of Service Award from the N.C. Association for the Education of Children and the Henry Marshall Volunteer Award from Yates Mill Association.

Edna W. Cummings

After graduating from Appalachian in 1978, Cummings embarked on a distinguished career in the U.S. Army. The first commissioned African-American female ROTC graduate at Appalachian, Cummings rose through the military ranks to that of colonel, retiring in 2003.

She earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2001 and a Master of Science degree in foundations of education from Troy State University in Alabama in 1981. She also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1988.

During her military career, Cummings served in key roles in homeland defense including staff officer, chief of emergency operations and deputy program manager at the Pentagon, and reserve forces advisor with the U.S. Northern Command/North American Aerospace Defense in Colorado.

Cummings is president and CEO of Cummings & Cummings LLC Management and Proposal Consulting Services, and senior director of operations at Manufacturing Engineering Systems Inc. in Rockville, Maryland, a prime contractor for the U.S. Army’s Continuing Education System.

She is a volunteer with the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College and a member of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Maryland chapter.

Cummings also is regional coordinator and a board member of Appalachian’s African-American Alumni Association in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.