Dr. Stuart B. Fountain
Dr. Stuart B. Fountain was honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on Aug. 12 with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at a special reception hosted by the Board of Trustees at the Foundation Conference Center on the Asheboro Campus.
Dr. Fountain, a retired local dentist and a member of the North Carolina Community College State Board, was in attendance along with his wife, Carol, and son, David. As of 2014, Dr. Fountain was chair of the Planning Committee and vice chair of the Excellence in Teaching Award Committee at the state board. He previously served as chair of the full board from 2011-2013 and chair of the Policy Committee from 2007-2011.
Dr. Fountain has served as a valuable community leader who was a member of the Randolph Community College Foundation Board from July 2007 to June 2013. During this time, he served on several Foundation Board committees and also participated in interviews for Foundation Ambassadors. In 2011, he participated as a dancer in the Foundation’s “Dancing with the Randolph Stars” fundraiser.
In addition to his involvement with the RCC Foundation, he also co-sponsors the RCC Student Leadership Academy, a program he helped start in 2007 with Dr. Alan Luria.
As of 2014, Dr. Fountain served as the vice chair of the N.C. Community Colleges Board. In this role, he is able to work with state and local leaders to be an advocate for the community college system.
In addition to his involvement in community college activities, Dr. Fountain serves our community in other ways. He has been an active member of the Randolph County Hospice Board, a member of the Asheboro City Council, active member of First United Methodist Church in Asheboro, Rotary district governor, past president of the N.C. Dental Society and the American Endodontic Society, vice president of the American Dental Association, and served on the faculty of the N.C. School of Dentistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. One of his most recent notable awards was the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented by the Governor of North Carolina to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or some other special achievement.
He has also recently returned from a trip to India, where he served as an ambassador for Rotary International in their efforts to eradicate polio around the world.
RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill noted that in his state board role, Dr. Fountain “is able to work with state and local leaders to be an advocate of the community college system.”
In his remarks, Dr. Fountain noted that in 1981 when he first became involved with community colleges, the schools were typically regarded as trade schools. “Now we are regarded by the university system as an equal partner in education,” he said. “I am now in my 34th year of working with community colleges and it has been a wonderful ride. The world is full of people who couldn’t care less. What I like about community colleges is that they are full of folks who couldn’t care more.”
Presenting the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo to Dr. Fountain were Sherrill; Curt Lorimer, chair of the Trustees’ Resource Development Committee; and RCC President Robert S. Shackleford.