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Pearce named new chair of UNCW Trustees

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -  The University of North Carolina at Wilmington made history Friday electing the first African American woman to chair the board of trustees.

Linda Pearce was sworn in as the new chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees at a meeting on the university campus.   She has been a UNCW trustee since 2005.

As the first African American female chair of the trustees, Pearce has set her standards high.

"I feel an overpowering responsibility to make absolutely sure I do the very best I can because others coming behind me may be judged by my performance," Pearce said Friday.

Pearce is the CEO of Elderhaus, an adult daycare facility in Wilmington.

Pearce holds a master's degree in adult education with a concentration in gerontology.  After completing her education in the 1970's, she worked at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for 13 years.   She returned to her hometown of Wilmington in 1980 to care for an aging aunt. A year later, she founded Elderhaus.

Pearce will serve as chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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