RCCC trustee appointed to fill Almeida’s term

  • Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:51 a.m.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees has welcomed Patricia K. Horton to the college’s board.

Horton was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fulfill Tony Almeida’s vacated term through June 30, 2017. Almeida left the Rowan-Cabarrus board to serve as the governor’s senior adviser on jobs and the economy.


“I am so pleased to continue to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I am honored to serve in this new role on the college’s board of trustees. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to support the college and its mission in the community,” Horton said.

Horton is president and chief executive officer of the Cabarrus Bank & Trust Co. and holds an advanced degree from the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill.

She is an experienced professional in the community college service area, and has been a local resident and community leader in Cabarrus County.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” Horton said. “Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”

Horton serves on the boards of Concord Rotary International Foundation, CMC-Northeast Foundation, Ben Mynatt Children’s Charity Foundation and has been on several committees with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is the vice chair, grants committee chair and incoming chair of the Foundation for the Carolinas Cabarrus Chapter. She was past president, secretary and treasurer of Financial Women International and received Women in Business Achievement Awards from the Charlotte Business Journal and served on the American Red Cross Board of Directors.

She is a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Board of Directors, where she has been instrumental in raising funds for the college and co-chairing the foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. The members are responsible for college policies.

“I am thrilled to have Pat joining our board. Her expertise, connections and insight are priceless and we know we will benefit from her leadership,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the pubic of the entire service area and not to the appointing entity. Once appointed, trustees are to carry out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s Bylaws and Policies. They are to carry out those responsibilities independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area and the college.

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