MOUNT OLIVE — Gene Tart Jernigan of northern Sampson County is serving his 19th year on the Mount Olive College Board of Trustees. He is part of the Institutional Advancement Committee. The 30-member board is charged with the oversight and governance of the College. Mount Olive College Trustees have the responsibility of establishing the identity of Mount Olive College through leading, planning and interpreting.
Jernigan is the president of Bemco Sleep Products Inc. and previously served as vice president of NationsBank. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science in business administration in 1971 and is a 1980 graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
“Having been a lifelong member of the Original Free Will Baptist Church, I recognize the value of education for our ministers and leadership of our denomination,” said Jernigan. “Serving on the Mount Olive College Board enables me to help promote educational opportunities for our denomination.”
In addition to the Mount Olive College Board, Jernigan also serves on the Board of the John H. Wellons Foundation, the Triangle South Enterprise Center, The Dunn Area Committee of 100, and as chairman of the Midway District Advisory Committee for the Sampson County Board of Education. He is an active member of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina and served as Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina in 2006.
Jernigan and his wife Charlla attend Lee’s Original Free Will Baptist Church in Sampson County.
Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The college, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.