Randall Ramsey is a Beaufort businessman elected to the UNC BOG in 2017 by the Senate who was soon after elected to serve as vice-chair. Ramsey is a major Republican donor who has given thousands to both Sen. Phil Berger and Pat McCrory.
Ramsey is co-founder of Jarrett Bay Boatworks, a 175-acre Marine Industrial Park, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales, as well as numerous other companies involving luxury boat sales. At one point Sens Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, and late Congressman Walter Jones helped secure investment in a new Marine Travelift at Jarrett Bay Boatworks.
Ramsey is a former member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees where he served for eight years. He also served on the board of the Nofrth Carolina Manufacturer’s Association. Notably, he was appointed to the NC State Trustees Board during a federal investigation into former NC first lady Mary Easley’s past job at NC State.
Ramsey ran for state senate in 2012 and faced Norm Sanderson and Ken Jones in a three-way Republican primary. The race between Ramsey and Sanderson was particularly contentious; during which Ramsey said he was “completely against Obamacare.” Ramsey spent a large amount of his own money running ads that criticized Sanderson for a vote that Ramsey said “helps implement federal health care reform in the state.”
During his campaign Ramsey said the undocumented immigrant population was burdensome on the state’s school systems.
Ramsey ultimately lost by a wide margin to Sanderson despite spending more money.
While on the BOG Ramsey voted in favor of having a separate staff that only reported to the BOG and along with fourteen other members signed on to a letter that “scolded” UNC President Margaret Spellings and Board Chair Lou Bissette over the handling of Silent Sam.