Kannapolis public works director named to RCCC board of trustees

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 29, 2019

KANNAPOLIS — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has announced the appointment of Wilmer Melton III to the board of trustees. Melton, director of public works for the city of Kannapolis, will serve on the board through June 30.

“I am looking forward to working more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as it continues to change lives for the better and contribute to the economic development and quality of life in Cabarrus and Rowan counties,” Melton said. “The college is an essential element in advancing our workforce and improving our communities, and I am honored to be able to support the good work they are doing.”

Melton has more than 25 years of public and private utilities experience. As director of public works, he is responsible for administration, engineering, environmental, stormwater, transportation and water resources for the city. He assists with regulatory policies, long-range strategic planning regarding infrastructure and facility needs.

Melton is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor of science degree in construction management. He holds a North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Grade A distribution license and a North Carolina Water Pollution Control System Operators Grade 4 collection license.

He serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the National Rural Water Association Board and is secretary of the NRWA Credit Union. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization.

In addition, Melton has served on a number of local organizations including the Kannapolis Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County Meals on Wheels and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cabarrus County.

“Wilmer Melton will be a dynamic addition to our board, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only as a technical professional but as a thought partner as we provide the education and training that our citizens and industries need for a better tomorrow,” said RCCC President Carol S. Spalding.

“I am proud to welcome Mr. Melton to our board, and I am confident that he will provide valuable support as we carry out the college’s stated mission to ‘build sustainable futures through the power of learning,’” said Carl M. Short, chairman of the board.