Dave Wyatt BECOMES Board Chairman at B&GH

August 13, 2020

Former Whiteville businessman Dave Wyatt vividly remembers his first introduction to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

“It was back in the summer of 1989 when United Carolina Bank sponsored a family day on the campus,” said Wyatt. “There were a bunch of activities, and I especially remember the dunking booth. It was a great day with the children on campus and folks from the community. That evening the North Carolina Symphony performed a concert under the trees. It was a beautiful way to end the day.”

That first experience was made even more special through his interactions with the children and staff.

“The love I felt in the family oriented environment on that day in 1989 and in all the time since then kept me coming back,” Wyatt said. “The friendliness of the staff and the children is something that really made an impact. The faith-based beginnings of the organization that continue through the services that we continue to provide to this day really brought me into the organization.”

Wyatt’s support of those children and staff earned him an invitation to be on the Board of Trustees in 2009.

“A retired senior vice president for First Citizens Bank, Dave has served on numerous committees and spent the past two years as the chair of the Board’s Executive Committee,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “His devotion to the children we serve is unmatched. I am excited to see where he takes B&GH into the future.”

Wyatt’s committee work within the Board has included the governance committee, finance committee and he is currently serving on the search committee to find a new President and CEO for the organization as Faircloth retires.

“Being on the search committee is incredibly important and that weighs heavily on all of us on the committee,” said Wyatt. “We recognize the significance in the choices we make and how it will impact the children.”

One of the biggest program expansion projects Wyatt was involved in was the creation of the public charter school on the campus.

“I am proud to be a founding member of the Thomas Academy Board having helped create and set the direction of the school when it started as Flemington Academy,” Wyatt said. “Being a part of creating a school and getting it up and running was incredible. I was very happy when the name changed to Thomas Academy to honor such strong supporters of education, Grace and David Thomas.”

Wyatt is aware that there are still services needed to help youth heal from abuse and neglect.

“It is our hope and prayer that no children will need our services, but we know that won’t be the case,” Wyatt said. “It hasn’t been the case since our founding in 1954. We know our services are needed.”

In the coming months and years, Wyatt will lead the efforts of the Board and organization to find ways to meet the needs of children and families as effectively as possible.

“Significant changes are on the horizon with the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act which will have an impact on services and programs we currently offer,” Wyatt said. “We have an incredible staff that will be under new leadership in the coming months that will continue to evaluate and expand services and programs to ensure we do everything we can to meet the needs of children.

“I am excited to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and see what the future holds in serving children in need.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.