RALEIGH, N.C. — Statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality North Carolina today named Texas policy advisor and administrator Stuart Campbell their new executive director.

Stuart Campbell chosen new Equality North Carolina executive director.

The group had been searching for a replacement for director Ian Palmquist, who stepped down from his position in July after working for the group for 10 years. Alex Miller has been serving as interim executive director.

Campbell, Equality North Carolina says, comes to the group as a “seasoned professional” with years of advocacy and lobbying experience. A former executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition on Human Needs, Campbell most recently served as a senior policy advisor and then community affairs manager for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. While there, Campbell also served on the board of Equality Texas, the Lone Star’s statewide LGBT advocacy group.

Equality North Carolina Board Chair Dan Gurley said Campbell’s experience in Texas during their own anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment initiative will serve Equality North Carolina well. Voters here will consider a similar amendment in May 2012.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled that Stuart will lead the next chapter of Equality NC,” Gurley said in a statement Wednesday. “Stuart has seen first-hand the challenges facing LGBT populations in the South and I know he is committed to Equality NC’s mission of securing equality and justice for LGBT North Carolinians. His impressive work to advance this mission for all makes him a perfect fit for the organization during the amendment battle ahead.”

Campbell is already taking an optimistic outlook on the amendment campaign.

“While we may not be able to change the minds and hearts of everyone in the seven short months leading up to the election in May, I am confident that the majority of fair-minded North Carolinians who oppose this amendment will make their will known and we will prevail,” Campbell said.

Campbell begins his tenure on Oct. 24. He’ll also be present at the group’s annual conference and gala in Greensboro on Nov. 12.

info: equalitync.org

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.