New trustees join board at Bladen Community College

Jack McDuffie Special to the Journal

September 18, 2013

DUBLIN — Two newly appointed members of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees took the oath in a ceremony at the Bladen County Courthouse on Monday. They are Dr. Frank Gemma, a retired surgeon, and Landon Bordeaux, a financial services advisor.

Bordeaux was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory and Gemma, by the Bladen County commissioners.

Bordeaux is a Bladen County native and 1995 graduate of Tar Heel High School. After high school, he enrolled at Bladen Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in college transfer. He matriculated at University of North Carolina – Wilmington where he completed a bachelor of arts in 2002.

He worked in child protective services at the Bladen County Department of Social Services for a short period after graduating but soon changed career paths and became a financial advisor at CLC Financial, where he has worked for 10 years. In addition to financial counseling, he manages a family farm.

He has been active in a number of community organizations over the years. He currently resides with his wife and daughter at Cross Creek Farms near Dublin.

Dr. Gemma came to Bladen County from Texas in 2001. A West Virginia native, he earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. He completed medical school at Medical College of Virginia and in 1962 was commissioned as a surgeon in the U.S. Army.

During his 22-year Army career, he served in a number of locations, including two tours of duty in Germany and one in Korea, before retiring in 1984. After retirement, he went into private practice as a general surgeon in Killeen, Texas. Eighteen years later he moved to Bladen County and worked at Bladen County Hospital for four years before retiring in 2006.

He and his wife Lislie make their home in Elizabethtown.

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees is made up of 12 voting members. The North Carolina governor, the Bladen County commissioners and the Bladen County School Board each appoint four members to the board.