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Wake Education Partnership Elects First Citizens’ Senior Vice President as Board Chair for 2015-2016

Doug Sprecher, First Citizens’ head of Branch and ATM Strategy, picked during annual meeting.

Raleigh, NC, July 01, 2015 --( WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a nonprofit organization committed to improving public education in Wake County, today announced Doug Sprecher, senior vice president of Branch and ATM Strategy with Raleigh-based First Citizens Bank, as chairman of the board of directors for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year.

As a longtime resident of North Carolina with nearly three decades of banking experience, Sprecher has deep ties in the business community that will position WakeEd for greater success going forward. Sprecher will lead the organization in its mission to collaborate with Wake County citizens, business leaders and the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) to provide every student with excellent educational opportunities, highly effective teachers and strong leaders.

In addition to his work with First Citizens, Sprecher has served as the Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association chair at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. A longtime member of the Partnership, Sprecher has also served in various PTA roles as his three daughters went through WCPSS. His youngest, Molly, is a senior at Broughton High School, where Sprecher is the PTSA treasurer. Sprecher picks up the torch from Caroline McCullen, Director of Education Initiatives at SAS Institute, who officially finishes her term as Board Chair at the end of June.

His leadership team on the Partnership’s Executive Committee will include:
Chair-Elect Don Esposito (Rex Healthcare)
Vice-Chair Board Development Gordon Brown (Alfred Williams & Company)
Vice-Chair Finance Scott Duda (Cherry Bekaert LLP)
Vice-Chair Fund Development Natalie Perkins (CleanDesign)
Vice-Chair Marketing/Communications Melissa Buscher (Time Warner Cable)
Vice-Chair Programs Mitch Lower (Biogen)
Past Chairs of the Board Caroline McCullen (SAS)
Gary Greene (Greene Resources)
Chris Bell (SunTrust Bank)
Secretary Steve Parrott (WakeEd Partnership)
Counselor at Large Walt Tippett (Brooks Pierce)
At Large Board Member Katherine Peele (LS3P Associates LTD)
At Large Board Member Rita Jerman (Wake Tech)
At Large Board Member Marion Robinson (State Employees Credit Union)

"Having a strong public school system is one of the keys to economic growth for our region," Sprecher said. "I look forward to continuing WakeEd’s 32-year history of advocating for educational excellence for all students in the Wake County Public School System."

About WakeEd Partnership

WakeEd Partnership is an independent, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders committed to improving public education. Since 1983, the Partnership has advocated for excellent educational opportunities for all students in the Wake County Public School System. For more information, please visit
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