2012 Distinguished Service Award

Jack Lail receives the DSA

Jack. C. Lail

Jack Lail, retired Randolph Community College Board member and Trustee Emeritus, was the recipient of the RCC Board of Trustees 2012 Distinguished Service Award, presented at a special dinner before Board’s September meeting on the Asheboro Campus.

Lail was in attendance to accept the award, along with his wife, Betty, and two of his sons, Brent and his wife, Megan; and Dean and his wife, Kay. Trustee Emeritus Martha Johnson, a former DSA recipient, was also present for the ceremony.

Lail became associated with Randolph Community College when he was hired as a part-time instructor in the mid-1960s. From 1982 to 1994, Lail was a member of the Board of Directors of the RCC Foundation, where he served as vice president and president. He later served another 2 1/2-year term on the Foundation Board during his time as chairman of the RCC Board of Trustees.

Lail was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1995 by the Governor of North Carolina and served four four-year terms. During his time with the Board, he served as chair of the Budget & Finance and Building & Grounds Committee, as well as vice chair for 4 ½ years and chair of the full Board for 2 ½ years. He retired from the Board in August 2011 with 16 years of service.

“Jack’s total service to Randolph Community College in board memberships was over 30 years,” said Mac Sherrill, Trustee chair, in presenting the award. In January 2012, Lail was awarded the designation of Trustee Emeritus, which is a lifetime honorary position, said Sherrill. “On the 50th anniversary of RCC, the Board agreed that it would be very fitting to present Jack Lail the Board of Trustees’ Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his long-term commitment, support, and service to RCC.”

Presenting the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo to Lail were Sherrill; Curt Lorimer, chair of the Resource Development Committee; and RCC President Robert Shackleford. When President Shackleford was asked for a quote for the presentation, he stated, “Jack Lail is a leader whose presence makes a huge impact wherever he serves—whether in education, business and industry, or the community. Some people leave footsteps behind them; Jack leaves a legacy.”