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Secretary Marshall's Resume

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626


  • 2011  Honorary Doctorate Degree, Republic of Moldova Testemitanu State University of Medicine
  • 2008  Honorary Doctorate Degree, Campbell University
  • 2004  Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Meredith College and Lees-McRae College
  • 2004  Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (N.C. State University)
  • 2004  Delta Kappa Gamma Society International/State Honorary Membership (Education)
  • 1989  Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honorary
  • 1981  Graduate, Campbell University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • 1979  Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges
  • 1968  Graduate, University of Maryland, B.S. in Textiles and Clothing


  • 2015  Immediate Past President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
  • 2012  Named one of the Triangle’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by Triangle Business Journal
  • 2011  Interview for Good Morning America segment “Flea Market Fakes: GMA Goes Undercover at NC Sting of Counterfeit Merchandise”
  • 2010  Interview for Good Morning America segment “Fake Fragrances: What is Really in Them?”
  • 2009  Testified before US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
  • 2007  Speaker, US Chamber of Commerce Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit
  • 1997  to date Speaker, Various national and international forums on counterfeit goods
  • 1993-1997  Partner, Marshall & Marshall, Lillington, N.C.
  • 1985-1992  Partner, Bain & Marshall, Lillington, N.C.
  • 1981-1984  Associate, Office of Edgar R. Bain, Lillington, N.C.
  • 1975-1979  Owner and Decorator, The Custom House, Dunn, N.C.
  • 1970-1977  Instructor, Lenoir Community College and Johnston Tech
  • 1969-1970  Teacher, Lenoir County School System
  • 1969-1974  Co-owner, book and gift store
  • 1964-1966  Director of Camping, Maryland 4-H Foundation (summers)


  • 2017  Charlotte Business Journal’s International Trade Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2017  Aging Project, Inc.’s President’s Award
  • 2017  Meredith College’s Woman of Achievement Award
  • 2016  Leadership North Carolina’s Governor’s Award
  • 2016  U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2014  Selected as a member of the National 4-H Hall of Fame, Class of 2014
  • 2014  Campbell University’s Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2014  Public Policy Leader Award, National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte Chapter
  • 2013  National Foundation for Women Legislators Elected Women of Excellence Award
  • 2013  Johnny C. Wynne Award for Distinguished Service to North Carolina 4-H
  • 2012  Triangle Business Journal’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders
  • 2011  Honorary Doctorate Degree, Moldova’s Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine
  • 2010  “Distinguished Citizen” Award, Alpha Gamma Delta, International Fraternity (highest honor)
  • 2008   Honorary Doctorate Degree, Campbell University
  • 2007  Honorary Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer
  • 2007  US Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for State Government Official
  • 2007  eC3 (National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council) President
  • 2007  Named to National Notary magazine’s list of “50 Most Influential People in Notarization in the Last 50 Years.”
  • 2007  Delta Kappa Gamma Society Eta State Founders Award
  • 2006  eC3 (National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council) P.K. Agarwal Leadership Award
  • 2006  National Notary Association Achievement Award
  • 2006  Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business, Triangle Business Journal
  • 2005  Recording Industry of America Gold Record (Honorary)
  • 2005  Underwriters Laboratory Recognition Award
  • 2005  NCAE Women’s Equality Award
  • 2005  Women in Business Award, Triangle Business Journal
  • 2004  Inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (N.C. Chapter)
  • 2004  "Leadership in Government" Award, Common
  • 2004  Distinguished Attorney Award, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 2004  Honorary Doctorate Degrees, Meredith College and Lees-McRae College
  • 2003  Lifetime Achievement Award – N.C. (4-H's highest honor)
  • 2003  “Top Twenty-Five” Award for Government Technology Leadership in America by Government Technology magazine
  • 2003  Named one of Business Leader magazine's ten "Women Extraordinaire"
  • 2002  “In the Arena” Award for technology products, Center for Digital Government
  • 2002  “Best of Breed Programs” Award for personal leadership, Center for Digital Government
  • 2001  Alumni of the Year, North Carolina 4-H, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
  • 2001  Academy of Women, Wake County YWCA
  • 2001  Young Democrats of America, James Earl Carter Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2000  Special Achievement Award for Technology, Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 1998  Career Woman of the Year, Business & Professional Women in North Carolina
  • 1998  Leadership in Technology Award,: N.C. Electronics and Information Technology Association
  • 1997  Richter Moore Public Service, N.C. Political Science Association
  • 1997  N.C. Council for Women, Distinguished Citizen
  • 1996  Gwyneth B. Davis Award, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 1994  Honorary Member, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society
  • 1994  Lillington Woman of the Year
  • 1994  Public Citizen of the Year, N.C. Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
  • 1993  to date Women's Forum of N.C., Inc.
  • 1992  Harnett HelpNet for Children Chairperson, Founding Chairperson
  • 1992  North Carolina Friend of Extension Award
  • 1991  Speaker, Spotlight on Women Series – sponsored by UNC-CH and BPW/NC
  • 1991  Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership
  • 1990  Dunn Business Woman of the Year
  • 1990  Speaker, Spotlight on Women Series – sponsored by UNC-CH and BPW/NC
  • 1989-1990  Family Community Leadership Conference Speaker, Kellogg Foundation & N.C. Extension Service (8 counties)
  • 1989  N.C. Extension Homemakers "Special Support" Award
  • 1989  Harnett County 4-H Alumni of the Year
  • 1988-1991  Founding Board, Harnett County Rape Crisis (now SAFE of Harnett)
  • 1987-1990  N.C. Business and Professional Women Legal
  • 1986  Speaker, Spotlight on Women Series – sponsored by UNC-CH and BPW/NC
  • 1982  to date Harnett Area BPW
  • 1967  International Farm Young Exchange Delegate to Brazil
  • 1963  National Scholarship Winner - 4-H Foundation
  • 1963  Maryland 4-H President
  • Always 4-H and Extension Volunteer


  • 2017  Trailblazer Award, Wake County Democratic Men’s Club
  • 2011  Volunteer Award, Wake County Democratic Party
  • 2010  “Outstanding Woman in Public Office” Award, National Federation of Democratic Women of America
  • 1997 to date  N.C. Secretary of State
  • 1993-1994  Senator, 15th District of North Carolina
  • 1991-1992  Harnett County Democratic Party Chair
  • 1983-1987  Democratic Women of Harnett County - President
  • 1977-1979  Young Democrats of America, National Secretary
  • 1974-1977  National Committee Woman, Young Democrats of North Carolina
  • Various  Many local, district, and state committees


  • 2005-2009  eC3 (National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council) member, Vice President 2006, President 2007
  • 2003-2007  Masonic Home for Children, Board
  • 2004 and 2007  Chair, National Secretaries of State Standing Committee on Business Services & Licensing
  • 2003-2007  Latin American Resource Center, Board of Directors
  • 2001-2004  Chair, E-Government Committee, N.C. Information Resource Management Commission
  • 2000-2003  National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, Board of Directors
  • 1998-2001, 2012 to date  National Association of Secretaries of State, Board of Directors
  • 1998-2002  Meredith College, Board of Trustees
  • 1997 to date  Co-Chair, North Carolina – Moldova Partnership
  • 1997-2004  Chair, Electronic Commerce Work Group, N.C. Information Resource Management Commission
  • 1997-2006  N.C. Institute of Political Leadership, Board of Directors
  • 1997 to date  North Carolina Board of Economic Development
  • 1994-1996  N.C. Justice Academy Foundation, Board of Directors
  • 1993-1994  Co-Chair, N.C. Information Highway Grants Advisory Committee, Family Issues Study Commission, Medicaid Study Commission
  • 1994-2000  N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, Board of Directors
  • 1993-1994  N.C. Rural Economic Development Fund, Inc., Board of Directors
  • 1993-1994  North Carolina Courts Commission, Juvenile Code Study Commission
  • 1993-1994  Agriculture and Forestry Resources Study Commission, Joint Legislative Highway Oversight Committee
  • 1992  Legislative Research Study Commission on Alternative Health Care
  • 1990 to date  N.C. 4-H Development Fund, Inc. Board of Directors
  • 1987-1996  Harnett County United Way - Board of Directors


  • 2011 to date  Co-Chair, Business Identity Theft Task Force, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • 2007-2010  Co-Chair, Company Formation Task Force, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • 2007 to date  Observer for NASS, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • 2006  Chair, National E-Notarization Standards Commission
  • 2005-2006  Chair, North Carolina E-Notarization Advisory Council
  • 1999 to date  Committee on Women in the Profession, N.C. Bar Association
  • 1995  Legislative Chairman, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 1988-1992  Governor, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 1988-1989  President, Harnett County Bar Association
  • 1985-1986  Vice-President - Campbell University School of Law Alumni Assoc.
  • 1982-1984  Adjunct faculty, Trial Advocacy Program, Campbell University School of Law
  • 1982 to date  Trial Judge & Appellate Judge for Campbell University Law Students
  • 1981 to date  North Carolina College of Advocacy
  • Various  Seminar Speaker, N.C. Bar Association, Association of Women Attorneys
  • Various  Speaker, Annual Meeting N.C. Association of Women Attorneys


Membership in: North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity


North Carolina Courts, U.S. District Court - Eastern & Middle Districts of N.C., Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court


  • Born:  November 18, 1945
  • Raised:  Lineboro, Md., a small farming village on the Mason-Dixon line
  • Parents:  Donald and Pauline Folk (both deceased)
  • Occupations:  Farmer and feed dealer; homemaker
  • Family:  Married to Jessie Thomas Bunn
  • Member:  Divine Street Methodist Church, Dunn N.C.
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