Marshburn reappointed to community college board

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In the only business conducted in open session at Thursday night’s special called meeting, the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education reappointed William M. Marshburn of Rocky Mount to serve on the Nash Community College Board of Trustees.

Marshburn briefly addressed the board and asked to be reappointed.

“I am very fortunate to have been on the board since the late ‘90s” Marshburn said. “I have served as chair during my terms and four years ago you were kind enough to appoint me again.”

“The college has a lot going on, and we have been very successful,” Marshburn continued. “Last year, we were one of only five community colleges that showed growth.”

The vote to reappoint Marshburn was unanimous. However, prior to a motion to go into closed session, board member Evelyn Bullock requested that candidates for appointment to boards be brought to regularly scheduled school board meetings rather than special called meetings.

“I think we talked about it last year,” Bullock said. “I think we have an appointment coming up in 2020. When we do that, that we do it at a full board meeting so that more people are aware of the appointment.”

Chairman Franklin Lamm agreed, but noted that a lack of communication from within the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools central office had made using the special meeting necessary.

“The reason we are in the situation we are in now, I got a call from the chairman of the Board of Trustees while I was on vacation over July 4 informing me that Mr. Marshburn’s term had ended and that he had tried several times to contact our central office and had not received a phone call back,” Lamm said. “I agree wholeheartedly with you, but our school board should not be holding up the progress of the community college. Like Mr. Marshburn said, they have some important decisions to be making shortly, and that’s why it happened tonight.”

Nash Community College is currently in the process of selecting a new college president after longtime President Bill Carver’s retirement earlier this year.

The board then went into a two-hour closed session for various human resources and attorney-client privilege discussions. The board adjourned in the hallway outside of the boardroom immediately following closed session with no further action taken.

Absent from Thursday night’s meeting was Superintendent Shelton Jefferies. No reason was given for his absence.