Former Board Chair and Retired Bank Executive Selected as Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal


D. Hector McEachern, a retired bank executive and Fayetteville State University (FSU) alumnus, has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2009 FSU Homecoming Parade. The announcement was made on September 1 by Arthur Affleck, Vice Chancellor for Development and University Relations at FSU.

“It is truly an honor to have Mr. McEachern serve as the Grand Marshal for FSU’s annual homecoming parade,” Affleck said. “He is highly respected in the corporate world, and is held in high esteem here at FSU and in this community. As a former chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees, he is a public servant who has given of his time and talents not only for the betterment of his alma mater, but also for the people of this state. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to him for all that he has done.”

Before McEachern retired earlier this year, he was an executive vice president of Wachovia Bank, N.A.  He was based in Charlotte and served as Human Resources Business Partner Director of Corporate Business for Wachovia Corporation.  In that capacity, he had the responsibility for Human Resources activities in Risk Management, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Specialty Finance/Corporate Support, Direct Access and Corporate and Community Affairs.

McEachern was selected as the recipient of the 2002 Leslee Lloyd Human Resources Award of Excellence.  The Award honors a Human Resources employee who serves as an inspiration and role model to others and whose vision, exemplary leadership, and unwavering commitment to equity and employee satisfaction are extraordinary.

McEachern joined Wachovia as a personnel officer in 1980 and was named manager of personnel services that year.  He was elected vice president in 1982 and in 1984 was given responsibility for management employment as well as personnel services.  He was elected senior vice president/group executive in 1985 and named North Carolina personnel director in 1987.  In 1994, he became Human Resources manager for State Banking and the Retail Financial Services, Personal Financial Services, and General Offices divisions.  He was elected executive vice president in April 1999 and was named Corporate Human Resources manager in April 2000 and chief diversity officer in January 2001.  As chief diversity officer, McEachern had management oversight of new diversity initiatives and existing programs throughout the corporation, including coordination of Wachovia’s Diversity Council.  As manager of Corporate Human Resources Group, he had responsibility for Human Resources activities in the Administrative Services, Risk Management, Financial Management, eBusiness, and Human Resources divisions.  He also was responsible for the Work/Life and HR Policy and Compliance functions, including EEO/OFCCP compliance, HR policy development, and the grievance process.  In addition, he had responsibility for HR activities related to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and for coordinating the Human Capital Development process throughout the corporation. 

McEachern is a Fayetteville native and a 1969 FSU graduate.  He is a 1993 graduate of the Darden Partnership Program at the University of Virginia and a 1996 graduate of the Wachovia Senior Management Development Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

McEachern serves as corporate chairperson of North Carolina United Negro College Fund.  He serves on the boards of the Wildacres Leadership Initiatives, North Carolina Children’s Home Society and Conference on Poverty.  He was a member of the advisory council of The School of Business and Accounting at Wake Forest University and serves on the board of advisors of The Bankers Magazine.

He was a participant in the 1990 Leadership Winston-Salem class.  He is a former member of the executive committee of American Bankers Human Resources Division.  He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of Fayetteville State University, former chairman of the North Carolina Children’s Home Society, and former chairman of the Bank Administration Institute’s Human Resources Commission.  He also served as a board member of United Way of North Carolina, Community Services Research Group, the Winston-Salem Urban League, Piedmont Craftsman, and Amos Cottage.

FSU will celebrate homecoming the week of October 18-24.  A weeklong of events for both students and alumni are being planned and will culminate with the football game traditional homecoming parade.  The parade will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, and will begin near downtown Fayetteville and make its way down Murchison Road to Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium.  Following, the game will be held at 2 p.m. against the Falcons of St. Augustine’s College.

FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina.  A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has more than 6,300 students and offers degrees in 67 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  On June 8, 2008, Chancellor James A. Anderson was named the university’s 11th chief executive officer.

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