Cameron Art Museum elects first black chairman to board
The Cameron Art Museum Board of Trustees recently elected four new officers: Gregory C. Miller, Nina Murray Duff, John D. Messick II and Dr. Acquenetta V. Wheeler.
Miller, the first black chairman of the board in the museum’s nearly 60-year history, brings with him his business acumen combined with his invaluable artistic experience on the board of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
A graduate of the University of Lincoln, Miller spent 37 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has served on the Lincoln University Board of Trustees, as Vice President and on the Historic Christian Street YMCA Board of Trustees.
An advocate of education as a means of fostering self-help and self-improvement for all, Miller established the Gregory C. Miller Endowed Scholarship at Lincoln University and the Juanita Claire Miller Memorial Scholarship at South Philadelphia High School in the honor of his deceased mother. away at a young age.
He currently mentors two Cameron School of Business students as part of the Cameron Executive Network at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Murray Duff, a Wilmington resident for 10 years, brings her passion for serving the Wilmington community to her role as Vice President.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sports Leadership, and Hospitality. She is a life member of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Messick, a Wilmington native who will serve as treasurer, brings with him more than 30 years of essential banking experience, combined with experience on multiple community boards.
Messick received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
He is active in the community where he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Durham Community College Foundation and is past President of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Messick has held various positions on various community boards, including the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the NC Museum of Life and Science, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Durham United Way, and the Hill Center Board of Trustees. .
Wheeler’s passion for medicine and service to his community would ensure his success as a secretary.
Wheeler has a wealth of medical experience. She is currently the Regional Medical Director for Optum. She served as Regional Medical Director for United Healthcare of the Carolinas; Maryland State and Community Chief Medical Officer; and worked as a primary care physician with a special interest in children with disabilities.
Originally from Wilmington, she graduated from New Hanover High School. Wheeler enrolled at Fisk University and Meharry Medical College. She earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Wheeler helps his community in many ways. She serves on the Foundation Board of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a member of the Institutional Review Board of New Hanover Regional Medical Center; the Watson College of Education Dean’s Advancement Council; Alpha Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; The Wilmington NC chapter of The Links Inc.; The DC Virgo Preparatory Academy Advisory Board; and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.