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Four Individuals Recognized at College Trustees Retreat

June 12, 2006

Category: Alumni


Four members of the Catawba College Board of Trustees were recognized by their peers during the annual Trustees Retreat May 19 in Blowing Rock. Three of these individuals  have stepped down from active service on that Board were recognized by a unanimous vote of the Board as trustees emeriti, while a fourth who resigned his membership on the Board and was presented a resolution of appreciation.

Trustees Emeriti
The Reverend Dr. Billy Joe Leonard of Lexington, a 1950 Catawba alumnus who served on the Board of Trustees from 1986-2006, was presented with a framed citation.  He earned his doctorate of divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and is retired as pastor of Second United Church of Christ in Lexington. He is married to wife Peggy and the couple has five children.

Dr. J. Donald Scarlett of Winston-Salem, a 1948 Catawba alumnus who served on the Board of Trustees from 1984-2006, was named trustee emeritus. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and is dean emeritus of Wake Forest University's Law School. He is married to wife Sherry and the father of three children.

Mr. Richard G. "Dick" McGimsey, Sr., of Roanoke, Va., a 1951 Catawba alumnus who served on the Board of Trustees from 1983-2005, was named trustee emeritus. He enjoyed a long career as a vice president with Moore's (home improvement stores) until his retirement in 1984. Since that time, he has been employed in his family business, RGM Properties in Roanoke, Va. He and wife Rachel are parents of a son.

Resolution of Appreciation
Trustees approved a resolution of appreciation for their colleague Phillip J. Kirk, Jr., who resigned from the Board to accept a position at the College as vice president of external affairs, effective July 1.

Kirk, who served on the Board from 1981-2006, recently resigned as president of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. He had retired in 2003 as chairman of the North Carolina Sate Board of Education. He and his wife Margaret have four daughters.