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Timothy Sullivan ’85

Walker Poole ’87 named vice chair

The Morehead-Cain Foundation has appointed Timothy Sullivan ’85 as chair of the board of trustees. The alumnus will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2024, succeeding David C. Wright III ’80.

Sullivan has served as a trustee for the past seven years and assumed the role of vice chair in 2020. He is the former president, CEO, and chairman of Ancestry.com, the world’s largest genealogy company. Prior to Ancestry.com, Sullivan held leadership roles at Match.com, Ticketmaster, and the Walt Disney Company. The alumnus holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and sits on the boards of Alltrails, Ancestry.com, and the Hotchkiss School.

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David C. Wright III ‘80

Wright has served as chair since 2016 and as a trustee of the Foundation since 2015. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the Foundation’s general counsel. The business litigation attorney has represented companies and executives in business disputes for the past thirty years at Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte.

Wright leaves a legacy of impactful leadership at the Foundation, including guiding the Foundation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morehead-Cain President Chris Bradford said.

“From navigating three years of pandemic to encouraging a range of programmatic innovations, David has brought a calm and values-driven leadership to the board,” Bradford said. “We’re immensely grateful for David’s dedication to Morehead-Cain, and we look forward to the ways in which Tim’s leadership will advance our mission to identify, invest in, and empower a community of dynamic, purpose-driven leaders.”

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Walker Poole ’87

Walker Poole ’87 will succeed Sullivan as the board’s vice chair. Poole is a founding partner of Ridgemont Equity Partners, where the alumnus has worked for three decades.

A trustee since 2021, Poole previously served on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund board of directors.

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