Dr. Alan Luria
Dr. Alan Luria, a retired Trustee and former member of the RCC Foundation Board, was honored by the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees on July 21 with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award prior to the Board’s annual meeting at the Asheboro Campus. Dr. Luria served on the RCC Board of Trustees from July 1999 until June 2014.
RCC Board of Trustees Chair Mac Sherrill said that during Dr. Luria’s time on the board, “He never hesitated to advocate for Randolph Community College.”
He noted that Dr. Luria was also instrumental in founding RCC’s Student Leadership Academy, which was renamed for him and Dr. Stuart Fountain, the other founding donor. He continues to donate faithfully each year to the Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy. “We are honored to recognize his passion for students and our community college,” said Sherrill.
In accepting the award, Dr. Luria said he would like to be remembered for two things: first, as an advocate for the College’s vocational programs and non-traditional students. “I think those programs are at the heart and soul of what we do,” he noted, telling a story about attending the recent Associate Degree Nursing pinning and reading a graduate’s thank-you to her husband for “folding a lot of laundry and looking after their five kids.”
He also wished to be remembered for his love for the RCC Foundation. Dr. Luria said an RCC administrator once told him that the money the state appropriates for the community college is only meant to provide adequate services. “To be excellent, a faculty or staff member has to do something beyond what their job calls for, or the Foundation provides a margin of excellence for the students,” he said. “Usually both of those things happen.” Dr. Luria’s record of financial support for the Foundation was a part of that – at the 2016 Nursing pinning, nine of the 27 students graduating had received some assistance from scholarships he had supported.
Presenting the hand-carved acrylic “R” sculpture representing RCC’s logo to Dr. Luria were Sherrill; Curt Lorimer, chair of the Trustees’ Resource Development Committee; and RCC President Robert S. Shackleford.