July 9, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



Robert L. King III, Michael Tiemann and Erna A.P. Womble will lead the board for 2014-15 school year

WINSTON-SALEM – Robert L. “Rob” King III was re-elected chair of the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) today during a conference call meeting. Michael Tiemann was re-elected vice chair, and Erna A.P. Womble was elected secretary.

Rob King became a member of the board of trustees in 2010 and was elected chair in January 2013. He is CEO of Bob King Automotive Group, a franchised automobile dealer holding Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi franchises.  King serves on the Mitsubishi National Dealer Advisory Council, one of five dealers appointed to represent 400 automobile dealers.  King served on the Hyundai National Dealer Council and the Mazda National Dealer Council. Three of King’s franchises lead total volume sales in the state of North Carolina and have won numerous national awards.

King has served on the UNCSA Board of Visitors and the UNCSA Foundation board, which he chaired for a term. He was the Foundation liaison to board of trustees, serving on the audit and advancement committees.  King chaired the chancellor search committee in 2013-14 and served on the search committee for the chief advancement officer in 2012. He was chairman of the Business Friends of UNCSA.  King and his wife, Robyn, both serve on the Giannini Advisory Committee. Their daughter, Sterling, received her high school diploma from the UNCSA School of Dance in 2009, and graduated in May from Parsons School of Design in New York.

A Winston-Salem resident, King is active in the North Carolina arts community.

Robert L. King III

Michael Tiemann

Erna A.P. Womble

Michael Tiemann joined the board in 2012 and became vice chair in July 2013.  He is an open source software pioneer, having written the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger more than two decades ago. His early work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business model. In 1989 he co-founded Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his 10 years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles, from president to hacker, helping lead the company from fledgling start-up to an open source leader. In January 2000, Cygnus Solutions was acquired by Red Hat, and Tiemann became Red Hat's chief technical officer. In 2004, he became the company's first vice president of open source affairs.

In 2006, Tiemann applied his knowledge of open source software to music production by founding Manifold Recording, a high-end, carbon neutral recording studio and production facility in Pittsboro.

As a child, Tiemann sang professionally in the Choir of St. Thomas Church in Manhattan for four years, recording four albums, appearing on national television, and performing at events including the 1976 bicentennial celebration at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Tiemann graduated from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, spent a summer working for The French National Institute of Computer Science in Paris, and did graduate work in electrical engineering at Stanford University.

He has served on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (retiring as president), GNOME Foundation, and Open Source for America. He also served on the board of the Montessori Community School (retiring as president). Presently, Tiemann participates in the Chancellor's Working Group for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and serves on the board of Carolina Performing Arts.

Erna Womble joined the board in 2013. She is a partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, counseling clients nationally and statewide in her litigation practice of more than 26 years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a master’s in elementary education at the College of Charleston, S.C., where she also taught music appreciation and music theory lab (ear training) part-time at the college level to help pay for her undergraduate and graduate education. She earned her J.D. at the University of South Carolina, and served a federal judicial clerkship to the Hon. U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr., prior to entering private practice with Womble Carlyle.

Womble has an abiding interest in the arts and the humanities. She and her husband and law partner, Bill Womble, Jr., are active participants and supporters of several arts, community, and professional organizations. They delight in receiving continuing education from their children, Sara and David, currently in excellent graduate schools pursuing professional interests in opera performance and English literary criticism, respectively.

In other business, the board approved changes to school policy giving the provost authority to assign rank to new faculty hires. The board approved a policy ranking faculty members in October 2012. 


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.