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NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Announces new board members

Monday, June 26, 2017  
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June 26, 2017 – The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is proud to welcome Cary businesswoman and philanthropist Ann B. Goodnight and Durham educator and community leader Phail Wynn, Jr., to its Board of Directors. Board Chairman Robert A. Ingram said both are highly respected community leaders who bring expertise to the Foundation’s mission of supporting science, health and education initiatives across the state.

“For many years, Ann Goodnight has made a true difference in the lives of North Carolinians— especially its children—with her passion for education, commitment to excellence and deep concern for creating a better community,” Ingram said. “We look forward to benefiting from her extensive experience and knowledge.”

“Phail Wynn also brings a deep understanding of the needs of North Carolina citizens from his long career in college education,” Ingram said. “He is an outstanding leader with a valuable statewide perspective, and will be a perfect fit for our board.”



As Senior Director of Community Relations at the global technology leader SAS Institute in Cary, Ann Goodnight guides the strategic direction of SAS’ corporate community involvement. More than 20 years ago, she and her husband, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, chose education as the primary focus of SAS’ outreach and community support. By focusing corporate giving and community involvement in one particular area–education–SAS can be more effective in making a significant difference in the community.  

Mrs. Goodnight is a trustee at North Carolina State University and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. She served on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System from 2007-2015.   

An advocate for children and education, Mrs. Goodnight is a co-founder and board member of Cary Academy and serves on the boards of the YMCA of the Triangle and the NC Science Festival.  She is a board member of BEST NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation), a non-profit, non-partisan, committed to improving the state’s public education system at all levels.   
Mrs. Goodnight also serves on the board of directors of the Dix Park Conservancy and the Foundation Board of the North Carolina Museum of Art.  



A former U.S. Army officer, Phail Wynn, Jr., holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s and doctorate in education from North Carolina State University. He also received the Master of Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1977, he joined Durham Technical Institute (now Durham Technical Community College), serving as president from 1980-2007, where he implemented many innovations designed to promote accessibility to all educational opportunities. Durham Technical Community College has been a leader in providing training and instruction in various high-technology areas, and has provided customized training programs for most of the firms in the Research Triangle Park. He currently serves as Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs at Duke University.

In addition, some of Dr. Wynn's most significant community and professional activities include: Former Chair of the Board of Directors and interim president/CEO of the Triangle Community Foundation, member of the Board of Governors of RTI International, and member of the Corporate Board of Directors of SunTrust Banks, Inc. and N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is a founding Trustee of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at North Carolina State University and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Park Foundation of North Carolina. He is the former Chairman of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and formerly served on the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the University of North Carolina Health Care System Board of Directors, the North Carolina Education Standards and Accountability Commission, and the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology.  


The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports science, health and education initiatives across the state and welcomes these new board members and the expertise they bring to the board.  For more information,    

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