|Born:||January 14, 1947 (age 71)|
|Career:||Governor of North Carolina, 2009-2013|
Lieutenant governor of North Carolina, 2001-2009
North Carolina State Senate, 1991-2001
North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1987-1991
|Education:||B.A., University of Kentucky|
M.Ed., University of Florida
Beverly Perdue served as the 73rd governor of North Carolina from January 2009 to January 2013, the state's first female governor.
Perdue was born January 14, 1947, in Grundy, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Kentucky in 1969 and her M.Ed. in community college administration (1974) and her Ph.D. in education administration (1976) from the University of Florida.
Previously, Perdue worked as a teacher and director of geriatric services at the New Bern Community Hospital. She has also served in the North Carolina House of Representatives (1987 to 1991), the North Carolina Senate (1991 to 2001), and as North Carolina's lieutenant governor (2001 to 2009).
During her time in the state senate, Perdue was part of several initiatives, including the raising in teacher's salaries, starting the Children's Health Insurance Program and creating the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. As lieutenant governor, Perdue prevented closures on North Carolina military bases, which provide 350,000 jobs to the economy. This focus on job security became a top priority for Perdue during her time as governor.
As governor, Perdue also worked to protect public schools, community colleges, and universities and maintain adequate funding for the institutions. This also encouraged a campaign to target teen tobacco use; her efforts resulted in 115 school systems becoming tobacco free. To increase jobs opportunities for citizens, Perdue initiated the program JobsNow, a 12-in-6 program that retrains unemployed individuals for new jobs.
Since her time as governor, Perdue served as a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. In 2015, she joined Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in education policy, market research, and communications.