CVCC Announces New Appointments to Board of Trustees

CVCC Trustees New ImageCatawba Valley Community College’s board of trustees recently inducted Sherry Butler and Dwayne Welch as new appointments to the board at a formal ceremony. Jessica Carson,president of the Student Government Association, was sworn in and Robert Mullinax, Sr. was reappointed to a four-year term.

North Carolina Administrative Code authorizes the Governor, the local county commissioners and the school board to appoint trustees to their respective community college board. North Carolina General Statutes allow Carson to serve on the board as a non-voting member to bring the voice of the students.

The oath was administered by Judge Robert A. Mullinax, Jr.

Butler was appointed by the Catawba County Commissioners for a four-year term. A leader in business, cultural arts, education and government, Butler serves as executive director of The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., in Newton. She was elected to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and serves on the Catawba County Board of Social Services.

Welch was appointed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory for a four-year term. Welch is managing director of Welch Diversified, LLC. He formerly worked for HSM Solutions for 24 years and last served as executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. He serves on the United Way of Catawba County board of directors and is a past board member of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers.

Reappointed to a four-year term by the Catawba County School Board, Mullinax is a Newton attorney practicing since 1977. A former District Court judge, he was elected to the Newton Town Council and as mayor of Newton for two terms.

Carson is enrolled in the Associate in Arts program and plans to graduate in 2017. A 2005 graduate of Hickory High, Carson and her husband Saied have one daughter and live in Hickory.

Catawba Valley Community College is an accredited, comprehensive North Carolina community college serving Catawba and Alexander counties. More than 4,400 students are enrolled in college credit courses and more than 10,000 students are enrolled in short-term, non-credit learning opportunities. It offers programming in Hickory, Newton and Taylorsville and in many community and workplace locations. For more information, visit

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Catawba Valley Community College’s board of trustees recently inducted new members sworn in by the Honorable Judge Robert A. Mullinax, Jr. Pictured (from left) are trustees Sherry Butler, Dwayne Welch, Robert Mullinax, Sr., District Court Judge Robert Mullinax, Jr., CVCC President Garrett D. Hinshaw; and Student Government Association 2016-17 President Jessica Carson.

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