Richmond Community College’s Board of Trustees officially welcomed two new members to its board during its August meeting. Ferro Fab plant manager Malcolm McLester and local attorney Richard G. Buckner, both of Rockingham, will fill two seats left vacant by retiring board members.
“Mr. Buckner and Mr. McLester will make outstanding additions to our board. Mr. Buckner brings an insightful legal mind and the experience of having been on our board previously. Mr. McLester’s expertise in manufacturing and fabrication will be an asset to our board as well,” said Dale McInnis, president of Richmond Community College.
“Each of these gentlemen has proven themselves as community leaders who are committed to our college and students, and I am excited about working with them in the years to come,” McInnis said.
McLester was appointed to the board by Gov. Pat McCrory. McLester was a business owner for eight years before being named plant manager of Ferro Fab in Hamlet last year. His work history includes operations manager for ISM Trane in Rockingham and purchasing manager for Lane Company in Conover. He earned an associate degree from Lees-McRae College and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Lenoir Rhyne College.
McLester is vice chairman for the City of Rockingham Historic Preservation Board, a member of Rockingham Rotary Club, district committee chair for Central N.C. Council for Boy Scouts of America and treasurer for Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.
“I look forward to helping lead the college into the future and helping the younger generations get the best education to start their careers,” McLester said.
McLester and his wife, Laura, have two children.
Buckner was appointed to the board by the Richmond County Board of Education. He was previously appointed to the Board of Trustees by the governor in 1991 and served four years as a trustee to the College.
Buckner works as a partner at the law firm of Benny S. Sharpe in Rockingham. Before entering law, Buckner worked as a civil engineer for TVA. Buckner graduated North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1973. In 1977, he earned a juris doctor from the University of North Carolina.
“I look forward to returning to the Board of Trustees and being an advocate for Richmond Community College,” Buckner said. “I believe I have the ability and I know I have the will to provide the best service to our students.”
Buckner is married to Paulette M. Buckner, who is an art teacher at West Rockingham School. She is a graduate of RCC and Pembroke University. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Buckner is active in his church, First Baptist Church of Rockingham, where he serves in various capacities.
McLester and Buckner fill the seats left vacant by former board members J.C. Lamm and Joyce McDow.