Vanderburg-Johnson reappointed to Rowan-Cabarrus’ board of trustees

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College board of trustees has announced the reappointment of Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson of Concord to the college’s board.

Vanderburg-Johnson was recently reappointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the board through 2019.

“I am so pleased to be engaged with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and it’s been a real honor to be reappointed by the governor to sit on the board. Any investment at Rowan-Cabarrus – whether it’s time, energy, or money – is an investment in the future of our community. I believe the college will continue to have a significant impact on the economic development of our area,” said Vanderburg-Johnson. “The next few years will see monumental changes in our region and I look forward to serving Rowan-Cabarrus as it makes a tremendous impact on our community.”

Vanderburg-Johnson has served as a Rowan-Cabarrus trustee since September 2011. Her new term will expire in June 2019. She currently serves as chairman of the Legislative Advancement Committee.

Rowan-Cabarrus board of trustees members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for college policies.

Recently, Vanderburg-Johnson oversaw the successful 2014 Bond Referendum as chair of the bond campaign. The bond is to provide part of the funding for an Advanced Technology Center to be built in Cabarrus County. The Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines.

“I am thrilled to have Dakeita continuing on the board. She has been a wealth of expertise and has provided enormous insight to the work of the college,” said Carl M. Short, chairman of the Rowan-Cabarrus board of trustees.

Vanderburg-Johnson, a lifelong resident of Concord, currently serves as president of Vanderburg Enterprises. She served as president of Southgate Masonry & Lumber Co., Inc., the region’s largest independent building supplier, for nearly 30 years. She has been involved with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for a number of years. Her passion for the students that the college serves is the driving force behind her involvement. Vanderburg-Johnson is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in textile technology and textile design.

She is actively involved in a number of local nonprofits, including the Cabarrus Arts Council, the CMC-Northeast Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cabarrus County.

“Dakeita’s experience in the business world makes her an excellent reappointment to the Rowan-Cabarrus Board,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the college. “She knows the current economic situation and the hand it has dealt for our businesses and our community. We believe her extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to the college.”

Vanderburg-Johnson said she wants to continue to serve as a trustee because the board takes an active role in the life of the community college.