ASHEBORO (August 31, 2017)
Ann M. Hoover, RCC Foundation board member and longtime supporter of the College, was honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on Aug. 31 with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. The presentation was made at a reception held in the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center on the Asheboro Campus.
TOP: Ann M. Hoover (far left) accepted the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill (center) and RCC President Robert S. Shackleford.
BOTTOM: Ann M. Hoover was honored on August 31 by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees with their 2017 Distinguished Service Award.
Hoover has been a member of the RCC Foundation Board since 2008 and served as president of that group from 2013 to 2015. Hoover won a Council for Resource Development Benefactor of the Year award in 2014, a national award for community college resource development volunteers.
RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said that Hoover’s “passion for the college has been shown both by her philanthropic contributions and her contributions of time.”
He noted that for six years she was instrumental in the Foundation’s highly successful Dancing with the Randolph Stars event. “As president of the Foundation board, she played a huge part in those years’ record-breaking annual campaigns, even dressing up as a pirate one year to encourage participation.”
Sherrill continued, “Ann is a generous financial supporter of the College. Along with her husband, Bill, they have an endowed scholarship and significantly supported Dancing with the Randolph Stars by sponsoring, buying a table, attending, and financially supporting many dancer fundraising activities.”
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Hoover, in accepting the award. “Thank-you is not adequate for this type of award.”
Hoover thanked all the people she has worked with over the years including other community members on the Dancing with the Randolph Stars committees, dancers who helped raise money, fellow Foundation Board members, RCC Trustees, and RCC staff members. “I stand on a lot of folks’ shoulders to get here,” she said.
“I hope that somewhere along the way I’ve had some influence in touching a life,” she continued, noting that she has learned that in helping a single mom or a first-generation college student, “You don’t just touch one person…it trickles down.”
She acknowledged her many family members among the large crowd gathered to watch the award ceremony, including her husband, Bill. “We’re a team,” she said. “Thank you for letting Bill and I share this.”
Presenting the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo to Hoover were Sherrill and RCC President Robert S. Shackleford. “This crazy world we live in is made up of a lot of people who take,” said Dr. Shackleford. “A place like RCC can’t do its job unless we have people in the community who are givers. Ann and Bill are two of the many in our community who have been blessed and feel the responsibility to bless others.”
The Randolph Community College Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award was established in 2002. The nomination criteria states that an award recipient must be 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 the mission of Randolph Community College.
Previous recipients include Dr. Alan Luria, retired Trustee and former member of the RCC Foundation Board, 2016; Rick Powell and PEMMCO Manufacturing in 2015; Dr. Stuart Fountain, a former member of the North Carolina Community College System Board and former RCC Foundation Board member, 2014; Wanda Brown, retired executive assistant to the President and Board of Trustees, 2013; Jack Lail, Trustee Emeritus and former Board of Trustees chair, 2012; JB Davis, retired president and CEO of Klaussner Furniture, 2011; Lenton Slack, retired Interior Design instructor, 2010; Martha Johnson, Trustee Emeritus, longtime community leader, and former RCC trustee, 2009; Senator Jerry Tillman, Trustee Emeritus, former trustee chair, and retired educator, 2008; Charles W. McCrary Sr., posthumously honored as the “Father of Randolph Community College,” 2007; the Randolph County Board of Commissioners for past and continued support, 2006; Marvin T. Caviness, long-time RCC supporter and former RCC Trustee, 2005; instructors Robert A. Heist Jr. and, posthumously, Cecil P. Allen and Jerry W. Howell, for developing RCC’s Photographic Technology program, 2004; retired RCC President Dr. Larry Linker for his long-time service, 2003; and RCC’s first long-time leaders, M.H. “Mert” Branson, RCC president, and J.W. “Willie” Plummer, RCC board chairman, both posthumously honored in 2002.