Dr. Leah Devlin, Bill Pully join Campbell Board of Trustees

Dr. Leah Devlin and Bill Pully

BUIES CREEK — Dr. Leah Devlin and William “Bill” Pully began their first four-year terms as members of the Campbell University Board of Trustees this month, while Sadie Neel started her 2014 term as a lifetime trustee.

What follows are the biographical information of the new trustees, as well as a list of the returning trustees and officers.

First-term trustees

Dr. Leah Devlin

Devlin is a native of Buies Creek and the daughter of long-time Campbell faculty and staff members Fred and Pearle McCall. Today, she resides in Raleigh and is a visiting professor of the practice of health management policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and a member of the CDC Foundation Board. Previously, she served as director of the Wake County Department of Health for 10 years before joining the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services in 1996 and eventually becoming the state health director in 2001. Devlin received a Bachelor of Science in dentistry, a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Dr. Joseph Devlin, have one son, Carter.

William “Bill” Pully ’79 JD

Pully, of Raleigh, has been the president of the North Carolina Hospital Association since 1999. NCHA serves 130 hospital and health systems as the member’s voice in legislative, regulatory, and judicial arenas, and as the member’s resource for current healthcare information and education. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1979 charter graduate of the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. He and his wife, Dale, have three sons: Robert, Will and Alex. Will and Alex are students at Campbell’s law school.

Lifetime trustee

Sadie Neel

Neel, of Goldsboro, is a retired public school teacher who is beginning her 2014 term as a lifetime trustee. She and her family have been supporters of Campbell for many years. Her brother, the late Lewis Outlaw Jr., was one of Campbell’s major benefactors; and in 1990, she created a scholarship fund at Campbell in his memory. Neel has served four previous terms on Campbell’s Board of Trustees (1994-1997; 1999-2002; 2004-2007; 2008-2012). As a prior trustee, she has served as vice-chair of the Executive Committee and on the Institutional Advancement Committee. She and her late husband, Robert Hannibal Neel, have three children: Eva Neel Wardrup, Sara Neel Powell and Robert Neel Jr., a Campbell graduate.

Returning trustees

Guilford W. Bass
Manager and president, Holden Beach Fishing Pier
Supply, N.C.

The Rev. Michael Cummings
Director of missions, Burnt Swamp Baptist Association
Pembroke, N.C.

Annabelle L. Fetterman
Former executive vice president & CEO, The Lundy Packing Company
Clinton, N.C.

The Rev. David Hailey
Pastor, Hayes Barton Baptist Church
Raleigh, N.C.

Ester Howard
Retired educator
Lillington, N.C.

Anna Drew Kirk
Partner and secretary/treasurer, Drew Family Partners
Wake Forest, N.C.

Bernard McLeod
Retired entrepreneur and educator
Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Henry Smith
Owner and president, Carolina Medical Products
Farmville, N.C.


Benjamin N. Thompson
Chair of the Board and Executive Committee
Attorney, Wyrick, Robbin, Yates & Ponton
Dunn, N.C.

Thomas J. Keith
Vice-Chair of the Board and Executive Committee
Founder, Tom Keith & Associates
Fayetteville, N.C.