Lieutenant governor to speak at Wesleyan


Lt. Gov. Dan Forest


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the December Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 9 at N.C. Wesleyan College.

The college will be honoring almost 300 students as they receive their undergraduate degrees.

Forest has served as lieutenant governor of North Carolina since January 2013. He was the second Republican lieutenant governor to be elected in North Carolina after Jim Gardner of Rocky Mount became the first in 1988, and the first Republican in the state’s history to be re-elected to that office.

He serves as the president of the N.C. Senate and serves as a voting member of the N.C. State Board of Education and the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. He is also a member of the N.C. Advisory Commission on Military Affairs, the chairman of the Energy Policy Council and Food Manufacturing Task Force.

“We are honored that Lt. Gov. Forest accepted our invitation to speak at our December Commencement,” Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark said. “With his success in the business world and the public sector, we look forward to his message to our newly minted graduates.”

Forest was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Va. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and formerly served on the UNC-Charlotte College of Architecture Advisory Board. After college, Forest became a leader in the business community for more than 20 years, having served as office president and senior partner of the state's largest architectural firm, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.