RALEIGH, N.C. - The State Board of Community Colleges today (July 19) elected new officers to lead the board.
Breeden Blackwell, a retired school principal from Fayetteville, was elected chair. A member of the state board since 2015, Blackwell previously served as a trustee of Fayetteville Technical Community College, and was a member of both the Fayetteville City Council and the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.
Bill McBrayer of Hickory was elected vice chair of the board. He is the human resources director of Lexington Home Brands and has served on the state board since 2015.
The board honored the outgoing chair, Scott Shook, and vice chair, James Rose, for their leadership. Both will remain on the board.
"We never should forget why we serve, and that's the students," Blackwell told the board Friday. "It's about the students, and if we can always keep a focus on that in decisions we make, I don't think we can go wrong."
Also on Friday, the board approved the appointment of Kenneth Boham as interim president at Martin Community College. Boham is the former president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and previously served as interim president at James Sprunt, Martin and Mayland community colleges.