Start of Term:
September 20, 2012 (named to position August 30, 2012)
Position estbalished 1935 (General Assembly Resolution No. 60). First laureate
was Arthur Talmadge Abernethy. The laureate is appointed by the governor
with the advice of a committee assembled by the North Carolina Arts Council.
The term of office, formerly lifetime, and then five years, is now two years.
Arthur Abernethy (appointed 1948)
Ragan (1982-April 1996)
Fred Chappell (December
10, 1997-December 2002)
Stripling Byer (February 24, 2005-February 2009)
Cathy Smith Bowers (February 10, 2010-June 30, 2012)