‘Continuing to break ground’: First woman named director of ABC Board

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Vivian "Zeke" Partin being sworn into office.  Photo Courtesy of New Hanover County
Vivian ‘Zeke’ Partin being sworn into office.
Photo courtesy New Hanover County.

Vivian “Zeke” Partin has been named director of the New Hanover County ABC Commission– the first woman to be appointed to the position.

“I am very excited to be part of history as the first woman to serve on the ABC Commission Board in its 80-year history,” Partin said.

This will be the second time that she has served as the first woman to hold a position.

“I broke ground during my state government career when I was appointed as the first woman chief financial officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT),” Partin said.

Her appointment coincides with the recent launch of a women’s leadership initiative by WILMA magazine –the Wilmington Buisness Journal’s sister publication–to help develop more women leaders in Wilmington-area businesses, nonprofits, government bodies and boards of directors.

“There are many talented woman in our community and I hope they, too, will be willing to serve on other boards in our county,” said Partin. “I hope my appointment will encourage other woman to offer up their services to the county commissioners for consideration on other boards.”

As director of the ABC commission, Partin’s duties will include establishing stores and adopting local policies, setting a budget that includes employees’ salaries and buying or leasing property for the system.

Partin said she wants to use this opportunity to work with the sheriff’s department to strengthen programs and advertising campaigns that educate drivers about the dangers of drunk driving.