DUBLIN — At the recent meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, two new members were welcomed to the group. They are Wayne Edge and Charlotte Smith. Both were appointed by the county commissioners.
The new trustees, along with two current board members who had been appointed for another term, were sworn in to office in a ceremony preceding the board meeting.
Edge, who is well-known throughout the county, is a Bladen County commissioner. He replaces Mark Gillespie, who will leave the Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 1. Smith replaces board member Cheryl White-Smith, who has served on the board since 2010.
Edge is a native and lifelong resident of Bladen County. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1967 and University of North Carolina-Pembroke in 1972. He became a school teacher for two years but moved into private sector employment thereafter. Over the following years he worked for Cape Craft, Inc., Interior Wood Specialties, Campbell Oil Company and Cape Fear Propane before retiring two years ago.
Speaking of his appointment to the BCC Board, Edge said, “Over the years I have taken several continuing education courses at Bladen Community College and feel like this is a great opportunity to get involved and learn more about the college. I believe the college is a very important part of the economy of our county.”
Edge and his wife, Anita, have two sons and reside in Elizabethtown.
Smith, an alumnus of BCC, is a native of Randolph County who moved to Bladen County in 1999, not long after graduating from high school. She enrolled at Bladen Community College that year and completed an associate’s degree in business two years later. She has worked in various marketing jobs since entering the workforce. She worked several years as an advertising account executive for Heartland Publications (now Civitas Media), and later as a marketing liaison for Assisted Care. She left Assisted Care to start her own business, CAB Marketing, LLC, in Elizabethtown.
She said she is proud to have the opportunity to serve on the board at her alma mater.
“I consider it an honor to have been appointed a trustee at BCC,” she said. “I look forward to serving our school and community in this role.”
Smith and her husband, Daine, have two sons and reside in the Lisbon community.
The BCC Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members. The governor of North Carolina appoints four members. The remaining board members — four each — are appointed by the Bladen County School Board and the county commissioners. The president of the Student Government Association serves as an ex-officio member.
The two trustees who have been appointed to another term are Ricky Leinwand, a gubernatorial appointee, and Dennis Troy, a School Board appointee.