RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Education Lottery Commission tonight named Alice Garland, deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications, as the new executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.
Garland will be the second director and has served as acting executive director since the first director, Tom Shaheen, announced his resignation in August.
Robert Farris, chairman of the commission, said the commission's unanimous vote for Garland concluded a national search that included 55 applications and extensive review of four finalists.
"Alice has shown as acting executive director over the past several months the leadership style which we expect will continue to provide maximum returns for the school children of North Carolina through an honest, fiscally sound operation," said Farris. "It became apparent to each of the commissioners in interviewing the other candidates that Alice Garland stood out as our top choice."
Garland has served as deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications since the lottery began operations in March 2006. Previously, she has served in executive posts with the N.C. Department of Commerce; the U.S. Senate office of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards; and ElectriCities of North Carolina. She served previously in similar posts in the former N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, the N.C. Department of Transportation, and the State Employees Association of North Carolina.
Garland, a native of Greeneville, Tenn., has lived in Raleigh for more than 40 years. She received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in urban studies and a minor in economics and received a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a member of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club for 20 years and served six years on the board of directors of the Public School Forum.