Campbell Law administrators selected to participate in Leadership North Carolina

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RALEIGH – Two Campbell Law School senior administrators have been accepted to participate in and lead the acclaimed industry and business leadership development program Leadership North Carolina.

Campbell Law Registrar Connie Shipman Newsome is among 55 civic and community leaders from across the state who have been accepted to form the 2020-2021 class for Leadership North Carolina, the state’s premier leadership engagement program. Newsome, who represents Johnston County, joins the group of top executives and community leaders from the across the state who will participate in an educational program about issues critical to North Carolina. The annual initiative aims to improve our region’s quality of life through hands-on learning and exercises across the areas of economic development, education, environment, government and health and human services. She will join other private and public sector colleagues in Class XXVIII which begins in October.

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Director of Development David Bohm, who was accepted into 2019’s Leadership North Carolina Class XXVII, has been asked to chair the Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors.

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Each year, through a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program. Leadership North Carolina’s Class XXVIII is made up of top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, Class XXVIII participants will learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities. LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas: economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services. Through LNC’s program, participants gain new insight into North Carolina’s strengths and challenges and explore opportunities for how they will improve and empower their communities and the state as a whole.

LNC sessions are typically held around the state, highlighting the social, geographic, and economic diversity of North Carolina.  The first portion of the 2020-2021 year will be adapted to a virtual platform due to impacts of COVID-19.  Both virtual and in-person sessions will showcase specific locations around the state, including Boone, Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Beaufort and Morehead City and Asheville.

Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina. The Leadership North Carolina Program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to their state. There are more than 1200 graduates of the program whose continued ties to LNC and to one another provide them with rich opportunities for serving North Carolina.

The Class XXVIII roster is available here.

“Both of these individuals are indeed business leaders of tomorrow,” Dean J. Rich Leonard said.  “They exemplify community spirit and dedication, and Campbell Law is honored to have our administrators hand-picked for these valuable civic programs.”

Newsome, who joined the law school in June 2014, brought a wealth of experience in higher education, including registrar services and enrollment into her role at the law school. As registrar, she oversees, manages, and coordinates all student records, registration, grade reporting and transcripts. In addition to a variety of university administrative roles, Newsome has served as a graduate program liaison and program support associate at East Carolina University, project coordinator for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County, a consultant to the Washington County Child Advocacy Council, program director for the Bertie County Partnership for Children and adjunct professor at Martin Community College. Newsome holds a B.S. and M.P.A. from East Carolina University. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in June 2013.

Bohm joined the Campbell Law in May 2016. Prior to Campbell Law, Bohm served as the assistant executive director of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), where he assisted with the administration of a budget and endowment of $10 million each. Active in the community, he sits on various nonprofit boards, including the Saint Mary’s School Board of Visitors, Wheels for Hope, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Triangle Chapter) and YMCA Y Guides Nation’s Officers. Bohm is also a graduate of Leadership Raleigh’s 35th class and the former chair of Leadership Raleigh. Bohm earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Washburn University in 1995, and his juris doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1998. He also completed a master of law (LL.M.) in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2019, Campbell Law celebrated 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.