GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. and his wife, Davida Martin, will serve as the 2023 Wyndham Championship honorary chairs, the tournament announced today during a news conference on the university campus. The 84th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 2-6, 2023, at Sedgefield Country Club.
As honorary chairs, the Martins will promote the Wyndham Championship and enhance corporate partnerships while also serving as ambassadors for the PGA TOUR event, which provides important economic impact and charitable benefits for the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
“Community engagement is critically important to who we are and what we do, both personally and professionally. Davida and I are proud to represent North Carolina A&T in becoming part of the tradition that is the Wyndham Championship,” said Harold Martin. “This tournament offers us another significant opportunity to contribute to our community, which continues to support the university’s mission to advance the human condition and facilitate economic growth.”
The university’s 12th chancellor, Martin brought more than three decades of transformative higher-education leadership experience to the university when he started in 2009. He is the first alumnus to serve as the university’s chief executive and the longest currently serving chancellor in the University of North Carolina System and among all HBCUs.
Before his tenure as chancellor of A&T, Martin served as senior vice president for academic affairs for the UNC System. He also served as the 11th chief administrator and seventh chancellor of Winston-Salem State University and in a number of administrative posts at A&T including vice chancellor for the Division of Academic Affairs, dean of the College of Engineering and chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Davida Martin is an A&T alumna who served as Forsyth County’s attorney for 20 years. She started at Forsyth County as assistant county attorney in 1988, and when she was promoted to county attorney a decade later, she became the first African-American female county attorney in North Carolina. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at A&T before earning her law degree at Wake Forest University. She served as president of the N.C. Association of County Attorneys and was named Outstanding County Attorney of the year in 2005, retiring from Forsyth County in 2018.
She is active in many community service organizations – serving as board chair of United Way of Greensboro Inc., on the foundation board of Senior Services of Winston-Salem Inc., and as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, Brenner Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, Winston-Salem Chapter of the Links Inc. and financial advisory team of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church – in addition to fulfilling her duties as A&T’s first lady.
The Martins have two sons and seven grandchildren.
“Being longtime active members of the Piedmont Triad community, Harold and I recognize the importance of events like the Wyndham Championship to bring people together in a meaningful way,” Davida Martin said. “From the volunteers to the players, the spirt of community at this level is truly something to be embraced and celebrated.”
“Davida and Harold are two incredibly dynamic leaders, and we are thrilled that they agreed to serve as our honorary chairs this year – it’s great news for the Wyndham Championship,” executive director Mark Brazil said. “Harold has been on our board of directors for some time, and what he’s accomplished at NC A&T is phenomenal; he has a leadership perspective that’s added a great deal to our PGA TOUR event. Davida followed an impressive law career with a commitment to service organizations, and we’re proud that she is also serving in this important tournament role.”
The Martins are the second A&T couple to have been named honorary chairs of this prestigious tournament. Retired N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice, Henry E. Frye and his wife, renowned community service leader Shirley T. Frye, are 1953 alumni who served in these roles in 2012.
About North Carolina A&T State University:
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically Black university, as well as its top ranked (Money magazine, Best Colleges; Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings). It is a land-grant, doctoral university, classified as “high research” by the Carnegie Foundation and a constituent member of the University of North Carolina System. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, N.C.
About the Wyndham Championship:
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the seventh-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Rewards and presenting sponsor Truist for their continued support. Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com and the tournament’s social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
About Wyndham Rewards:
Named the number one hotel rewards program by readers of USA TODAY, Wyndham Rewards® is the world’s most generous rewards program with more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals worldwide. Designed for the everyday traveler, members earn a guaranteed 1,000 points with every qualified stay and may redeem points for a wide range of rewards, including free nights at any of approximately 9,100 hotels or tens of thousands of vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally through affiliation with Wyndham Destinations and others. Wyndham Rewards has approximately 101 million enrolled members around the globe. Join for free today at www.wyndhamrewards.com. You’ve earned this.®
About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts:
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company by the number of properties, with approximately 9,100 hotels across over 95 countries on six continents. Through its network of approximately 845,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 24 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel®, La Quinta®, Baymont®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers approximately 101 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.
About Club Wyndham:
Club Wyndham® is the flagship vacation ownership brand as part of Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership business. From the busy streets of the Big Apple to the calming shores of Hawaii, Club Wyndham owners have access to more than 100 resorts to unlock new cities, new experiences and new destinations. Club Wyndham lets travelers spark their sense of adventure with spacious resort suites featuring the comforts of home, including fully equipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and separate bedrooms, plus resort amenities and quality service. Wander across town, across the country or across the ocean – no matter what’s on your travel bucket list, Club Wyndham offers the chance to live it. All Club Wyndham resorts participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the number one hotel rewards program as named by readers of USA TODAY, and the world’s most generous rewards program with more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals worldwide. Club Wyndham is part of Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE: TNL) and its portfolio of travel businesses. For more information, visit ClubWyndham.com. Connect with us on Twitter: @ClubWyndham; Facebook: @ClubWyndham; and Instagram: @ClubWyndham.
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