2013 Distinguished Service Award

Wanda Brown receives the DSA

Wanda C. Brown

Wanda C. Brown retired from Randolph Community College as executive assistant to the president and Board of Trustees, and was the recipient of the RCC Board of Trustees 2013 Distinguished Service Award, presented at a special dinner before the Board’s July 18, 2013 annual meeting on the Asheboro Campus.

Brown was in attendance to accept the award, along with her husband, Wade; her daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Eric Hill; grandsons, Ryan and Ross; close friends, Lanson and Rebecca Cox and Leverette and Brenda Strider; and friend and former co-worker, Marie Miller. Trustee Emeriti Martha Johnson and Jack Lail, both former DSA recipients, were also present for the ceremony.

Brown joined RCC in September 1982 as the part-time secretary to the director of the Associate Degree Nursing program. In 1987, Brown became the administrative assistant to the executive vice president for administrative services. She served in that role for one year and then became the executive assistant to the president in 1988 until her retirement in 2013.

“Her dedication to RCC, the students, and the community was evident each day by consistently performing her job duties through thoroughness, dedication, and most of all, integrity,” said Trustee Chair Mac Sherrill, in presenting the award. “She daily represented RCC and the president’s office in a professional manner, and she quickly earned respect from all areas of the College, the Board of Trustees, local partners, elected officials, and the community at-large.”

As executive assistant, she coordinated Board meetings, committee meetings, and Board retreats, organizing and making arrangements for each. She participated as a member of several standing committees on campus.

When the “Prepare” program was available through the North Carolina State Personnel Office, and RCC did not have a Personnel Officer, Wanda volunteered to coordinate this program for RCC. This took many extra hours of work on Wanda’s part, but she never once faltered in her ability to get her job done.

Also during her tenure as executive assistant, Brown served as the elected secretary to the RCC Foundation Board of Directors for 20 years, serving as a non-voting member on all Foundation committees and maintaining written records for all committee and Board of Directors’ meetings. In 2008, Brown was chosen as the recipient of the Southern Regional Professional Board Staff Award by the Association of Community College Trustees.

In addition to her work at RCC, Brown was active in the community, serving four terms on the local State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, two years as chair of that board. She is also active and dedicated to her church, Center Cross Baptist Church, where she has served as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School director, member of various church committees, and Assistant Sunday School secretary. Brown has been the church pianist for 52 years.

Affectionately known as “Mama Wanda” to some, she was a trustworthy employee, steadfast in her convictions, unwavering in her devotion to the mission of RCC, proactive, and efficient.

Presenting the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo to Brown were Sherrill; Curt Lorimer, chair of the Resource Development Committee; and RCC President Robert Shackleford.