WilmingtonBiz Talk

Special: WilmingtonBiz Talk with county endowment's new President & CEO

January 05, 2022 Season 2 Episode 6
WilmingtonBiz Talk
Special: WilmingtonBiz Talk with county endowment's new President & CEO
Show Notes

In a special BizTalk hear from the New Hanover Community Endowment’s newly named president and CEO.

Endowment officials named William Buster as head of the more than $1.2 billion fund created from the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health.

Buster, who comes to Wilmington after serving as senior vice president of impact with Asheville-based Dogwood Health Trust, will help get New Hanover County's new endowment program and community grants process going. He starts in the new role March 1.

Joining Buster is the endowment’s board chair Spence Broadhurst and vice chair Hannah Dawson Gage to talk about the next steps for the fund.

William Buster, New Hanover Community Endowment President and CEO

William Buster starts as the New Hanover Community Endowment president and CEO on March 1. He is senior vice president of impact with Asheville’s Dogwood Health Trust, which was formed in 2018 after HCA Healthcare bought the nonprofit Mission Health System there. Buster earned a bachelor’s degree from N.C. Agricultural & Technical University and master’s degree in policy and practice of development from the University of New Hampshire as well as an executive education certificate in mastering negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Spence Broadhurst, New Hanover Community Endowment Board Chair

Spence Broadhurst, president of the Eastern North Carolina region for First National Bank, served as co-chair of the Partnership Advisory Group assembled to work through the process of evaluating NHRMC’s future and ultimately negotiating to sell the system to Novant. A former mayor of Wilmington (2003- 06), he also previously served as N.C. Banking Commission commissioner.

Hannah Dawson Gage, New Hanover Community Endowment Board Vice Chair

Hannah Dawson Gage also served on the Partnership Advisory Group. Gage, a retired media executive and former owner of Cape Fear Broadcasting, served on the UNC Board of Governors for 16 years including as chair. She also has served as chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees.

WilmingtonBiz Talk is a weekly interview program on Facebook Live, which is rebroadcast on YouTube and numerous podcasting platforms. The Business Journal newsroom selects guests based on current events so our community can hear directly from newsmakers.