Last updated: September 13. 2013 6:17PM
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The Richmond Community College Board of Trustees elected two of its members to serve as chair and vice chair during its monthly meeting Sept. 3. Claudia Robinette was named Board of Trustees chair, and C. Dean Nichols Jr. was named Board of Trustees vice chair.


Robinette was appointed in 1998 by the Richmond County School Board to serve on RCC’s Board of Trustees. Robinette works for her family-owned Tri-City Inc., which is a real estate development and management business started by her father. She and her husband, Kenneth, also operate a farm in Marston. They have two children, Neil Robinette and Gabrielle Goodwin, and one granddaughter.


“I am very honored that my colleagues on the Board of Trustees elected me to serve as chair of the board and that they have the confidence in me to serve in that position,” Robinette said. “My goal as chair of the board is to continue the success that RCC has had in the past several years in growing enrollment and adding new programs that support economic development and that provide students with promising careers.”


Robinette said she appreciated the Richmond County School Board appointing her to the Board of Trustees because of her interest in supporting education and serving the community.


“We are so fortunate to have Richmond Community College as an asset and a resource for the community as a whole,” Robinette said.


Nichols of Laurinburg was appointed in 2009 by the Scotland County Commissioners to serve on the Board of Trustees and was recently reappointed for another four-year term. He is owner and operator of the Nic’s Pic Kwik convenience store chain, which includes 11 stores in North Carolina and two in South Carolina.


“As a business owner of more than 40 years, I feel I can contribute to the business aspect of running a college and helping it to continue to grow and prosper,” Nichols said.


Nichols attended RCC in the early 1970s when it was known as Richmond Technical Institute.


“Richmond Community College is a great place and provides so many opportunities to the people of this area,” Nichols said. “It helps people get started in college; it provides many transfer options; and it educates and trains people for jobs that are in demand.”


Nichols and his wife, Candice, have two sons Charles Nichols and the late Joseph Nichols. They recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Hudson Nichols.


“Our trustees make a huge contribution to our college in their time, support and generosity,” said Dale McInnis, RCC president. “The board made an outstanding decision in electing Mrs. Robinette and Mr. Nichols, and I look forward to working under their leadership as we move RCC forward.”

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