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Secretary Marshall's Resume

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626
(919) 814-5305


  • 1989 Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honorary
  • 1981 Graduate, Campbell University School of Law, JD
  • 1979 Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges
  • 1968 Graduate, University of Maryland, B.S. in Textiles and Clothing


  • 2011 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Republic of Moldova State University of Medicine
  • 2008 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Campbell University
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate Degree from Meredith College
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lees-McRae College


  • 2015 President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
  • 2012 Named to the Triangle’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders list 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
  • 2007 President of eC3 (National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council)
  • 2004 Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (N.C. State University)
  • 2004 Delta Kappa Gamma Society International/State Honorary Membership (Education)
  • 1997-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)


  • 2020 Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award from the NC Bar Association
  • 2019 Brand Protection Hero Award from the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP);
  • 2018 Person of the Year Award from The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina
  • 2018 Inductee, North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
  • 2017 Charlotte Business Journal’s International Trade Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2017 Aging Project, Inc.’s President’s Award
  • 2017 NASS Medallion Award for Outstanding Business Services and Electronic Governance
  • 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 NC Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force Public Sector Award
  • 2011 Medal of Honor, Republic of Moldova
  • 2010 “Distinguished Citizen” Award, Alpha Gamma Delta, International Fraternity (highest honor)
  • 2007 Hewlett-Packard Brand Protection Award
  • 2007 Honorary Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer
  • 2007 US Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for State Government Official
  • 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 Triangle Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business
  • 2005 Recording Industry of America Gold Record (Honorary)
  • 2005 Underwriters Laboratory Recognition Award
  • 2005 N.C. Association of Educators’ Women’s Equality Award
  • 2005 Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award
  • 2005 International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) “GetREAL” Award
  • 2004 Inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture (N.C. Chapter)
  • 2004 Common Cause "Leadership in Government" Award
  • 2004 Distinguished Attorney Award, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 2003 N.C. 4-H’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 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’s James Earl Carter Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2000 Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Special Achievement Award for Technology
  • 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 N.C. Association of Women Attorneys’ Gwyneth B. Davis Award
  • 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 Advisor
  • 1986 Speaker, Spotlight on Women Series – sponsored by UNC-CH and BPW/NC
  • 1982-2000 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


  • 2018 Certificate of Appreciation, League of Women Voters of Wake County
  • 2017 Trailblazer Award, Wake County Democratic Men’s Club
  • 2011 Volunteer Award, Wake County Democratic Party
  • 2010 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate
  • 2010 “Outstanding Woman in Public Office” Award, National Federation of Democratic Women of America
  • 1997-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


  • 2019-date Campbell University Board of Trustees
  • 2005-2009 eC3 (National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council) member 2006 Vice President, 2007 President
  • 2003-2007 Masonic Home for Children, Board
  • 2004, 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-date National Association of Secretaries of State, Board of Directors, various offices
  • 1998-2002 Meredith College, Board of Trustees
  • 1997-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
  • 1997-2010 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-date N.C. 4-H Development Fund, Inc. Board of Directors
  • 1987-1996 Harnett County United Way - Board of Directors


  • 2011-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-date Observer Status, 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-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-date Trial Judge & Appellate Judge for Campbell University Law Students
  • 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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