New members join college foundation board

Published 9:24 pm Friday, August 19, 2016

From Beaufort County Community College Foundation


The Beaufort County Community College Foundation is welcoming nine new members to its board this fall. The mission of the foundation is to provide broad-based community support for the college in achieving its educational goals. The foundation solicits private gifts of money, property and services and manages those assets to enhance the educational programs and services offered by BCCC. The activities of the foundation are overseen by a 24-member board of directors, comprised of civic and business leaders from BCCC’s four-county service area. The BCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. It has provided educational opportunities this year to 112 deserving BCCC students by awarding over $85,000 in scholarships. Greg Coltrain was elected the new board chair in April 2016.


BOARD MEMBERS_David Clegg_WEBDavid L. Clegg

Clegg has been the county manager for Tyrrell County since 2013 and was appointed by Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners to be the first county manager. He holds a juris doctor degree from University of South Carolina School of Law, a master of arts in theater and speech from University of South Carolina and bachelor of arts in government from Hampden-Sydney College.


David Francisco

Francisco has over 41 years of legal experience and operates his own law practice in Washington. He obtained his juris doctorate from Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Barbara, have strong attachments to BCCC. He has been a member of Washington Kiwanis since 1975 and serves on the Episcopalian vestry at church. Francisco also serves as the attorney for Beaufort County.


BOARD MEMBERS_Jeffrey Larson PhD_WEBDr. Jeffrey Larson

Larson has over 35 years of experience in mental health and education. He provided services to children and youth in public and private schools, residential settings and private practice. Larson has worked as director of special education services, psychological services and related services in Virginia, New York and North Carolina. He served in leadership roles on several local, state, national and international mental health and educational organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and graduate degrees from Radford University and Virginia Tech. Larson and his wife, Tara, reside in Beaufort County. He serves on the Salvation Army board, board of directors of the Washington (evening) Rotary Club and volunteers for Meals on Wheels.


BOARD MEMBERS_Steven Nobles_WEBW. Steven Nobles

Nobles holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in accounting. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina. He has served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, as a member and president of the Washington Jaycees and director and president of the Washington Yacht & Country Club. He and his wife, Judy, live in Beaufort County. They enjoy boating, sailing and spending time with his mother, Grace Bonner. He and his mother are members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Judy is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Washington.


BOARD MEMBERS_Dennis Pelletier PhD_WEBDr. Dennis M. Pelletier

Pelletier has a lifetime commitment to education and community service, both of which began as a community college student. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran. He has extensive experience with foundations and scholarships from many types of organizations. Pelletier holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from State University of New York and a masters degree in counseling and personnel services from the University at Albany. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Pelletier lives in Beaufort County with his wife, Barbara. In his free time, he enjoys reading, golf and travel.


BOARD MEMBERS_Jerry Rhodes_WEbJerry Rhodes

Rhodes served as county manager for Washington County until 2015. He previously worked with Washington County Department of Social Services. He holds an associate degree in arts from College of the Albemarle, a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from East Carolina University. He lives in Plymouth with his wife, Rita, and they have two sons. They attend First Baptist Church in Plymouth. In his free time, Jerry enjoys gardening, boating, camping and reading.


BOARD MEMBERS_Penny Sermons_WEBPenny G. Sermons

Sermons has served as the director of the Learning Resources Center/Distance Learning at Beaufort County Community College since 1998. She holds a master’s degree in library science from East Carolina University, a bachelor’s degree in history from ECU and a distance learning administration certificate, also from ECU. Her volunteerism includes work with the North Carolina Symphony and various events in Bath. She was awarded Community Leader of the Year 2013 for Beaufort County.


BOARD MEMBERS_Paul Spruill_WEBPaul Spruill

Spruill was hired as county manager for Beaufort County in 2003. After eight years with Beaufort County, he accepted a position as the general manager and CEO with Tideland Electric Membership Corporation in 2011, where he is currently employed. Spruill holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in public administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. He lives in Washington with his wife, Keely. Spruill is a volunteer with the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and is affiliated with numerous civic organizations such as the Blackbeard District and Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys fishing in his free time.


BOARD MEMBERS_Chuck Williams_WEBCharles “Chuck” F. Williams

Williams is the vice president/city executive of Southern Bank and Trust Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University. He obtained his graduate degree from the School of Banking from Louisiana State University. He is married to the former Paula Ruark and they have two daughters, ages 15 and 12. He attends Wilkinson Church of Christ where he serves in the praise band.