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Linda A. Carlisle was named secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources by Governor Bev Perdue on January 5, 2009.
Secretary Carlisle is an experienced corporate executive, entrepreneur, and community activist. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University. She began her career in banking at what is now Bank of America and rapidly progressed through a broad range of positions to eventually become a vice president/metropolitan director in Charlotte.
In 1979, she started her own business, Copier Consultants, Inc., headquartered in Greensboro. After developing the company into a multimillion-dollar operation with multiple offices in the Triad and western North Carolina, she and her husband sold the business in 1989. She remained as president of the wholly-owned subsidiary until 1997, at which time she retired to focus on her community and educational interests.
Secretary Carlisle has been extensively involved in the nonprofit sector, providing leadership, strategic planning, financial expertise, and key resource development. Her community work has included serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, UNCG Board of Trustees, and in various roles with United Way, United Arts Council, Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., and the Girl Scouts. She served as co-chair of the UNCG Students First Capital Campaign, surpassing the $100 million goal one year early.