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Cameron Art Museum's BOT Elects New Officers

By Staff Reports, posted Nov 2, 2021
Gregory Miller
Cameron Art Museum recently announced its newest elected officers to CAM’s Board of Trustees. The board met Oct. 11 to elect Gregory Miller as chair, Nina Murray Duff as vice chair, John Messick II as treasurer and Acquenetta Wheeler as Secretary.

CAM Executive Director Anne Brennan said in the release, “As we enter our 60th year in service to eastern North Carolina, the vital work and mission of Cameron Art Museum will continue to grow through the prodigious talents and strengths of CAM’s new leadership.” 

Miller brings with him his business acumen combined with his arts experience serving on the Board of Trustees of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Miller is the first Black board chair in the museum’s almost 60-year history. 

A graduate of Lincoln University, Miller has been in the pharmaceutical industry for 37 years. Starting at Merck & Co. In 1986, he joined GlaxoSmithKline and rose through the ranks, retiring as director of third party contractor management. Currently, he owns and consults for GMP Consortium LLC.

From 2002 to 2010, Miller served on the Board of Trustees for Lincoln University.

Miller established the ‘Gregory C. Miller Endowed Scholarship’ at Lincoln University and the ‘Juanita Claire Miller Memorial Scholarship’ at South Philadelphia High School in honor of his mother who passed away at a young age. He currently mentors two students at the Cameron School of Business as part of the Cameron Executive Network at UNCW.

Murray Duff has been a resident of Wilmington for the past 10 years. She joined Live Oak Bank in 2015, where she began her career as a deposits service representative. She soon moved on to be a customer success team lead within the group.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she received her bachelor's degree in recreation, sports leadership and tourism hospitality. She is a lifetime member of the N.C. Wildlife Commission.

Messick is senior vice president and commercial banking market leader for the Eastern Carolinas Region with PNC’s corporate banking division.

He serves on the Durham Community College Foundation Board and is past chairman of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. Messick has been on various community boards to include N.C. School of Science & Mathematics, N.C. Museum of Life and Science, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Durham United Way and The Hill Center.

A native of the Port City, Messick completed his undergraduate degree in 1988 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor's degree in history.  

Wheeler currently serves as a regional medical director for Optum Inc. She has served as a regional medical director for United Healthcare of the Carolinas; Chief Medical Officer for Maryland Community and State; and has worked as a primary care physician with specific interest in children with disabilities.

A native of Wilmington, Wheeler graduated from New Hanover High School and attended Fisk University and Meharry Medical College. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Wheeler serves on the foundation board of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Wheeler is also a member of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Board; the Watson College of Education Dean’s Advancement Council; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Alpha Psi Omega Chapter; the Wilmington (NC) Chapter of The Links Inc.; the D C Virgo Preparatory Academy Advisory Council; and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
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