RCC Names Martha Luck Comer Conference Center

ASHEBORO (April 6, 2017)

Around 60 Randolph Community College and RCC Foundation leaders, employees, and supporters were present at the unveiling of the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center name on April 6 at RCC’s Asheboro Campus. They included RCC Board of Trustees members, RCC Foundation board members, community leaders, and friends and family of Martha Luck Comer Johnson, who was honored for her longtime support of the College and the RCC Foundation.

The newly named Martha Luck Comer Conference Center
Martha Luck Comer Johnson speaks at a ceremony in her honor.

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Randolph Community College unveiled the signage for the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center on April 6. The longtime supporter of the College and the RCC Foundation was honored for her generous giving. Photo by RCC student Sydney Bartholow.

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Martha Luck Comer Johnson, shown with Trustee Chair Mac Sherrill (from left), Foundation President Dean Sexton, and RCC President Robert Shackleford, speaks to the crowd at the naming ceremony. RCC Staff Photo.

The ceremony was held inside because of inclement weather, but the name mounted on both the front and back of the building was shown through a short video.

Members of Johnson’s family who accompanied her to the ceremony included her daughter Elizabeth Dozier; daughter Joan and husband, Rand Johnston; and granddaughters Martha Luck Johnston and Margaret Ivey Johnston.

RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said he had the privilege of serving with Johnson on the Trustee Board for many years. “She was my mentor,” he said, “A class act…and one who always kept the best interests of the students at heart.”

RCC Foundation President Dean Sexton also spoke, thanking Johnson for her continued support of the Foundation through donations that helped with construction of the conference center and supported student scholarships throughout the years.

Her combined donations place Johnson in the Foundation’s Platinum Lifetime Membership Club, which honors donors who contribute between $100,000 and $499,999.

RCC President Robert Shackleford said Johnson had contributed more than money over the years. “She has contributed her presence and her leadership,” he said. He also pointed out that Johnson has supported numerous organizations throughout Randolph County in addition to the College, but “her support of the College goes beyond mere generosity. She has given an annual gift to the RCC Foundation since 1983. That’s 34 years.”

Johnson gave brief remarks, thanking the crowd of admirers who gave her a standing ovation. She said she had enjoyed working with RCC presidents Mr. Branson, Dr. Linker and Dr. Shackleford. “I only wish my father could be here to see this,” she said.

Johnson was originally appointed to the Randolph Technical Institute Board in 1976 by N.C. Governor James Holshouser Jr. to replace her father (the late Ivey Luck) for the 6 1/2 years remaining on his term. Johnson was then reappointed to the Board for one eight-year term and four four-year terms by the Randolph County Board of Education. Her total service as a member of the RCC Board was 31 years and six months; she retired on June 30, 2007, and she was awarded the status of Trustee Emeritus in November 2007.

Johnson was also the recipient of the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees 2009 Distinguished Service Award, presented at the Board’s annual meeting on July 16, 2009. The DSA recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has made a long-term, consistent commitment that is extraordinary and has had visible impact or result directly related to support of the mission of Randolph Community College.

The Foundation Conference Center was originally built in 2003 to provide a conference space for the college and community and house the RCC Foundation offices.

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