Dr. Leslie McKesson and NC Rep. Hugh Blackwell photo

Pictured (from left) are Dr. Leslie McKesson and NC Rep. Hugh Blackwell.

RALEIGH — On July 16, the North Carolina House of Representatives in Raleigh completed its approval of appointments by the Speaker of the House for certain state commissions and boards.

On Tuesday, Rep. Hugh Blackwell (R-Burke) announced that he recommended Dr. Leslie Dula McKesson of Morganton and she was appointed to the African-American Heritage Commission.

McKesson has previously worked as an adjunct professor of education and leadership at both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University, according to Blackwell’s office.

From 2011 to 2018, she served as the dean of business, public services and academic support at Western Piedmont Community College.

“I believe Dr. McKesson will be an excellent addition to the commission,” Blackwell said.

Blackwell said part of the expertise that McKesson will bring to the role is her experience with her dissertation, “Higher Education Attainment Experiences of African-American Males” and writing an award-winning novel, “Black and White: The Story of Harriet Harshaw and ‘Squire’ James Alfred Dula,” about her own family’s unique history.

“It is often difficult to find someone so well qualified who is also willing to serve on state boards or commissions that require time and travel commitment for Raleigh meetings,” Blackwell said. “We are fortunate that Dr. McKesson is such a capable and willing individual to take on this role.”

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