Elaine F. Marshall, Secretary





Secretary of State
PO Box 29622
Raleigh  NC  27626-0622





2004                                Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Meredith College and Lees-McRae College

2004                                Gamma Sigma Delta, Member of 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  




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)  




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 to date                    eC³  (formerly National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council) member, Vice President 2006, President 2007

2004 and 2007                Chair, National Secretaries of State Standing Committee on Business Services & Licensing  

2003 to date                    Latin American Resource Center, Board of Directors  

2001 to 2004                   Chair, E-Government Committee, N.C. Information Resource Management Commission  

2000 to 2003                   National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, Board of Directors  

1998 to 2001                   National Association of Secretaries of State, Board of Directors  

1998 to 2002                   Meredith College, Board of Trustees  

1997 to 2004                   Chair, Electronic Commerce Work Group, N.C. Information Resource Management Commission  

1997 to date                    N.C. Institute of Political Leadership, Board of Directors  

1994 to 1996                   N.C. Justice Academy Foundation, Board of Directors  

1993-1994                       Co-Chair North Carolina Information Highway Grants Advisory Committee, Family Issues Study Commission, Medicaid Study Commission  

1994 to 2000                   N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, Board of Directors  

-                                                  North Carolina Board of Economic Development  

-                                                  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 to 1996                   Harnett County United Way - Board of Directors  




2006                                eC³  (formerly 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                                Honorary Doctorate, Lee's McRae University

2005                                Honorary Doctorate, Meredith College

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 Cause 

2004                                Distinguished Attorney Award, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys   

2003                                Lifetime Achievement Award – N.C. (4-H's highest honor)  

2003                                Named one of Business Leader magazine's ten "Women Extraordinaire"  

2003                                “Top Twenty-Five” Award for Government Technology Leadership in America by Government Technology magazine 

-                                                      “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  

-                                                       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, Honorary Chairperson, Founding Chairperson  

1992                                North Carolina Friend of Extension Award  

-                                                  State Of The Child Conference Planning Committee  

1991                                Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership 

1990                                Dunn Business Woman of the Year  

1989 to 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)  

1987-1990                       N.C. Business and Professional Women Legal Advisor  

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  

Speaker                           1986,1990,1991 Spotlight on Women Series - sponsored by UNC-CH and BPW/NC  

Always                           4-H and Extension Volunteer  




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 Academy of  

                                        Trial Lawyers, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, American Bar Association, American  

                                        Academy of Trial Lawyers, 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  

Occupations:                   Farmer and feed dealer; homemaker  

Marital Status:                5 step-children, 7 grandchildren  

Member:                         Divine Street Methodist Church, Dunn N.C.  


For additional information about Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall, please contact the Department of the Secretary of State - Communications Office, at 919-807-2155 or e-mail:  gjeter@sosnc.com

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