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RALEIGH, NC: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has made a necessary appointment, selecting T. Heath Nance to serve as District Court Judge in Judicial District 13, overseeing Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. Nance’s appointment comes as he steps into the vacant role by the Superior Court appointment of the Honorable C. Ashley Gore.

Governor Cooper expressed his confidence in Nance, highlighting his extensive legal background and commitment to public service. “Heath Nance brings years of legal experience to the bench,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m grateful for his willingness to step up and serve the people of North Carolina.”

Heath Nance has established himself as a legal professional of repute, currently holding the position of Chief Assistant District Attorney for North Carolina’s 15th Prosecutorial District. Prior to this, he served as the General Counsel for Black’s Tire Service, Inc. and accrued over a decade of experience in private practice. Nance’s educational journey reflects his dedication to excellence, having earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Business Administration from Elon University, and his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

His early educational experiences at Southeastern Community College (SCC) significantly influenced Nance’s path to success. Nance acknowledges the pivotal role SCC played in laying the foundation for his career, both as a student and a professional. Nance embarked on his educational journey at SCC in 1996, citing the institution’s intimate class sizes, approachable professors, and engagement through College and Career fairs as factors that drew him in. These qualities made SCC the ideal starting point for his higher education, especially as he was uncertain about his major.

Apart from the rigorous academics, Nance valued the abundant extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities available at SCC. Throughout his time at the college, he actively participated as an Ambassador, Math Assistant, traveled to Puerto Rico as part of the SCC Choir, explored snow skiing at beginner and intermediate levels, and was an active member of the Environmental Bio Club.

Building upon this strong foundation, Nance continued his education, graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2001 and obtaining his Master’s in Business Administration from Elon University in 2005. It was during his tenure at UNC Hospitals, where he worked in administration, that he discovered his passion for public service. In 2005, this newfound commitment led him to enroll in law school at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he successfully earned his juris doctor degree in 2008.

Today, Nance is dedication to public service and the people of North Carolina continues unabated. He remains an active member of the community. Nance’s journey from a student at Southeastern Community College to his appointment as District Court Judge is a testament to the power of education, commitment to public service, and the positive impact one individual can make within their community. His accomplishments and contributions to North Carolina are a source of pride, and his continued dedication promises a brighter future for the state’s legal system and its citizens.

Related links:

Governor Cooper Taps Legal Veteran for Judicial District 13A: A New Chapter Begins

T. Heath Nance, Class of ’98


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