WILSON, N.C. — November 3, 2021 — Barton College is pleased to announce the recently elected appointment of Eric W. Sellers as Chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees. Sellers was officially installed as Chair at the trustees’ fall 2021 meeting. He follows fellow trustee John F. Lee of Nashville, who served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2016-2021.
“I’m thrilled with the appointment of Eric Sellers as our next Chair of the Board of Trustees at the College,” shared Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College. “Eric’s deep love and care for the College are evident through his long-term commitment and his stalwart support. I appreciate his steady leadership and thoughtful guidance, and I am excited about the path that we will walk together. Eric has an excellent energy and a clear vision to help support the upcoming strategic endeavors at Barton College. There are great days ahead.”
Sellers joined the Barton College Board of Trustees in 1997. He most recently has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as holding membership on the Institutional Advancement Committee and Trusteeship Committee for the Board.
“What an amazing privilege to serve alongside some of the most talented and passionate people I know and to do so at a place I dearly love,” shared Sellers. “Like many people, I owe a debt to Barton College that I will never be able to repay. When I look at those who have served as Chairs of the Board before, I see very large shoes to fill. Fortunately for me, I do not have to fill those by myself, as we have a very talented, passionate, and visionary Board of Trustees. That, along with the deep talent pool we have in our faculty and staff and the leadership provided by President Doug Searcy, will spell success for Barton for years to come.
Sellers added, “Our mission and our focus will always remain to best serve the needs of our students in a manner that enables them to be prepared to prosper in an ever changing and demanding environment.”
About the New Chair of the Board —
Eric Sellers currently serves as Vice President of Business Development and Sales for Arrowlytics, a Curi Company. With more than 35 years of experience as a senior healthcare information technology leader, he has held a series of executive positions with extensive experience in sales, M&A, partnership negotiations, strategic planning, and P&L management. Earlier appointments in his career have included Director of Product Innovation & Sales Operations for Surescripts (2016–2020), Vice President of Account Management, Senior Vice President of Technology Group, and President of CPU Medical Management Systems of MED3OOO/McKesson (2009–2016).
Sellers retired in 2004 for five years, before being courted back into the industry in 2009, as a result of his vast institutional knowledge and market expertise. Prior to his retirement, he served as Vice President and was an original stockholder of Medic Computer Systems/Misys Healthcare, now known as Allscripts (1982–2004).
Sellers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Religion and Philosophy from Barton College (then Atlantic Christian College) in 1979. He was honored with the Barton College Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. And, in 2008, he received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce.
Active within his community and beyond, Sellers has held board positions with United Community Bank, the Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Club, Selma Parks and Recreation, Southern Johnston Baseball Association, and the First Christian Church in Smithfield. He has served as a member of the Town Council for Selma and also has been an ardent supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, and World Vision. He is a past president of the Barton College Alumni Association and the Barton Society. And, he is a past chair of Barton College’s School of Business Executive Advisory Council. Among his many gifts to Barton College over the years, Sellers established the Pete and Sarah Sellers Endowed Scholarship to honor his parents.
A native of Smithfield, Sellers currently makes his home in Selma with his wife, the former Pamela Debnam of Selma. They have three grown children: Angelo, Anthony, and Alex; and five grandchildren: Katelynn Sellers, Katlyn Elms, Scott Sellers, Kennedi Sellers, and Karsen Sellers; and are expecting their first great grandchild in December.