Catawba College Alumnus and Trustee Gregory M. Alcorn '79 of Salisbury is one of three new members appointed by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78 to the State Board of Education. That announcement was made Wednesday, Jan. 30.
McCrory told N.C. legislative leaders that he had chosen Bill Cobey of Durham, Greg Alcorn of Salisbury and Becky Taylor of Greenville to the state's policy-making board for the public schools. The General Assembly must vote to confirm the new governor's choices. The three would serve terms through March 2019.
Alcorn, the CEO and owner of Global Contact Services, grew up on the Catawba campus before he actually became a student here. His family lived in a neighborhood near campus.
Alcorn was a classmate of McCrory while both were at Catawba. He was involved in the Pioneer, student newspaper; the coffeehouse on campus; and the sales and marketing club. He majored in business as an undergraduate, and later earned his MBA from UNC Charlotte.
Alcorn has served Catawba in a number of capacities. He is a member of the College Board of Trustees and chairs the enrollment committee of that board. He serves as a Board of Trustees liaison to the President's Climate Commitment Committee that recently developed a Climate Action Plan for the institution. He serves on the Lilly Center Advisory Council and is a past president of the Catawba College Chiefs Club. He was tapped to serve on Catawba's presidential search committee that brought President Brien Lewis to campus, has assisted with fund-raising efforts and has served as a guest speaker at the college.
A member of the First United Church of Christ in Salisbury, Alcorn is active in the community. He is a trustee and chair of the First UCC Foundation and past council president of First United Church of Christ. He chairs the board of the United Church Homes and Services and also the board of Salisbury Academy, and serves as a board member for the Community Bank of Rowan. He is a member of the Salisbury Community Foundation, the AAUW, and the American Bankers Insurance Association. He is also an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts.
The son of Edith Alcorn of Salisbury and the late Reverend Ed Alcorn, he and wife Missie are parents of two children, Clark and Eleanor.