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Biofuels Center Board of Directors gains new members (11 September 2012)

OXFORD, N.C.—During 2012-2013, 32 board members will guide the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, the state’s lead agency for biofuels development. At its 11 September annual meeting, the Board of Directors gained four new at-large members, while 26 others will continue in their current roles.

Board chair Norris Tolson, president of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, stated, “This grouping of 32 leaders verifies clearly the long-term and statewide civic importance of biofuels to North Carolina. Our biofuels future will be well-shaped by their innovative minds and exceptional experience. The Center is fortunate indeed to gain these persons.”

New at-large members:

  • Don Butler • Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Murphy-Brown, LLC
  • James W. Crawford Jr. • Partner, Crawford Properties
  • A. Bradley Ives • Managing Partner, Davidson River Capital, LLP
  • Rodney W. Locks • Councilman, City of Brevard

The Board of Directors gains from these new members varied expertise in agriculture, policy, civic and legislative leadership, and biofuels business development. Along with their colleagues, new members will help chart North Carolina’s path toward national leadership in the renewable fuels sector.


The Biofuels Center is a private non-profit corporation funded by the North Carolina General Assembly to develop large capacity for biofuels statewide in coming years. The Center, located on North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus in Oxford, implements sustained state policy, assists companies and all parties within the biofuels community, and works to meet North Carolina’s goal: by 2017, 10 percent of the state’s liquid transportation fuels will come from biofuels grown and produced within the state.

For information, contact:


Wil Glenn

Director, Communications and Public Affairs

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