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Former and Current College Leaders to Lead Fund Drive

Former and Current leaders of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will step up to head the Foundation of CCC&TI’s Annual Fund Drive for 2014. Former CCC&TI President Dr. Ed Beam, and former Chairs of the College’s Board of Trustees, Brent Kincaid, Dr. Donald Lackey and Hugh Wilson along with current Board Chair Larry Taylor will spearhead the efforts to raise funds for scholarships, aid and institutional support.

Foundation Campaign Leaders

The goal for this year’s drive has been set at $350,000 as a nod to the college’s 50th anniversary. CCC&TI is celebrating its 1964 founding throughout the year.

“I don’t know of anything in our county that has touched the lives of as many people as Caldwell Community College,” said Brent Kincaid. “And we couldn’t do many of the things we’re doing at the college without the support provided by the Foundation.”

Wilson echoed that sentiment. “I can’t think of anything that’s had a more beneficial effect on life in this county than this college. There’s just a huge number of people who’ve been educated here.”

Taylor says that the impact of the college is a reflection of the community support that’s helped make the Foundation successful. “The Foundation and this Annual Fund Drive are very important. I don’t think we could’ve gotten very far as an institution without the Foundation,” he said.

Dr. Ed Beam spoke to the growing needs of the students and urged the community to support the drive. “The need for community support is growing, not lessening over time,” he said.

“Gifts to the Foundation bring such tangible and positive results that it makes it a pleasure to give,” said Dr. Lackey.

All of this year’s Campaign Chairs agree that CCC&TI is a valuable part of the community and that the Foundation is an important part of its success. Each of them has also invested their time and talents over the years to help both the college and Foundation succeed.

Foundation Executive Director Marla Christie said the board is honored to have these special leaders helping with this year’s fund drive. “I can’t think of a better group of people who hold CCC&TI close to their hearts. Collectively, their knowledge of the college and years of service is tremendous. CCC&TI wouldn’t be what it is today without their efforts.”

Dr. Beam, a native of Cleveland County, has devoted his life to education. After leaving the military with the rank of Captain, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NC State University and his doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Beam taught high school in Sampson and Lincoln counties, later serving as principal of a Lincoln County high school and as an associate professor at NC State University. He was named the first president of CCC&TI in 1964, retiring in 1984. Beam later served as interim president at Southeastern, Wilkes and McDowell Technical Community Colleges and then again as interim at CCC&TI prior to Dr. Ken Boham’s appointment as president in 1995.

Dr. Beam was the 2002 recipient of the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed by the State Board of Community Colleges, in recognition of his lifetime commitment and outstanding contributions to the community college movement locally, statewide and nationally. Beam also organized the first Foundation of CCC&TI in 1970. The first Annual Fund Drive was held in 1983 with contributions just over $20,000.

Kincaid earned degrees from Mars Hill College and Wake Forest University and served in the U.S. military before returning to the Gamewell area. Kincaid served as a teacher for two years at Gamewell High School and went on to become President and CEO of Broyhill Furniture Industries, Inc. Under his leadership, Broyhill employed more than 7,000 people and became one of the largest and most successful furniture manufacturers in the world.

Dr. Lackey graduated from Lenoir High School in 1940, attended undergraduate school at NC State University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lackey practiced in Lenoir from 1946 to 1977. He received the 1991 L.A. Dysart Award, the 1989 NC Veterinary Medical Association Distinguished Veterinarian Award and is honored with the Dr. Donald Lackey Award for Excellence in Teaching at CCC&TI. In addition to his service as Chair of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees, he has also served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Caldwell County Arts Council, President and 50 year member of Lenoir Rotary, Director of Bank of Granite and Caldwell Memorial Hospital Boards, President of the NC Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Piedmont Veterinary Medical Association, President of the NC Veterinary Medical Board and Chairman of the Lenoir City School Board of Education. He was also appointed by Governor Hunt to the State Board of Health.

Wilson is the senior member of the Caldwell County Bar, engaging in the general practice of law in Lenoir for more then 50 years. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, cum laude, and received his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law in 1956. He served as an active member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In addition to serving as Chair of CCC&TI’s Board of Trustees, Wilson has served as President of the Caldwell County Bar Association, Chairman of the N.C. State Board of Elections, member of the N.C. Occupational Health and Safety Review Board and various committees of the N.C. Bar Association.

Taylor, who currently serves as Chair of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees, is owner of LW Taylor Development and Construction and has served as Chairman of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees for 20 years. Taylor also volunteers as Hibriten High School’s golf coach and has served in various roles on the Caldwell County Commission, Caldwell Economic Development Commission, the Caldwell Democratic Party and the Shelter Home. Most recently, Taylor was honored with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s L.A. Dysart Man of the Year Award for 2014.

Each of the co-chairs will lend their support, leadership and encouragement to the large number of volunteers who assist with this fundraising effort each year.

The Annual Fund Drive Campaign is set to kick off in March.

For more information on the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute or to find out how you can support the Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive, call 828-726-2260.