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Randolph Community College opens 60th school year

Faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board gathered in the Armadillo Café on the Asheboro Campus Friday, Aug. 12, as Randolph Community College kicked off its 60th school year with a breakfast and convocation.


Randolph Community College Interim President Elbert Lassiter (center) addresses Randolph Community College faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees in the Armadillo Café on the Asheboro Campus on Friday, Aug. 12, during the College’s breakfast and convocation. RCC kicked off its 60th school year when the Fall Semester started Monday, Aug. 15.

Board Chair Mac Sherrill provided words of welcome on behalf of the RCC Board of Trustees and introduced Interim President Elbert Lassiter. Lassiter referenced that this was the first convocation in many years without the presence of former President Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr., but that the College remained on firm footing with its commitment to its core values of community, employees, quality education, radical hospitality, and student success.

“As we continue to work to operationalize those core values, we have some big projects ahead of us, including serving Toyota,” he said. “We also can’t forget the other 500-plus businesses in our area. We have to move forward with the same sense of urgency within the entire community.”

Lassiter concluded his remarks by saying he had two prayers — one for the RCC Trustees as they navigate the presidential search process.

“I also pray that all of you, as our faculty and staff, have what you need to continue to educate the citizens of Randolph County,” he said. “What you do every day makes a difference for all of the students we serve.”

RCC started the Fall Semester on Monday, Aug. 15.

The RCC Board of Trustees chose Lassiter, the Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, as Interim President for the College last month while the search for a permanent president is underway. The State Board of Community Colleges approved Lassiter's appointment at its August meeting, held Aug. 18-19.

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