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Gov. McCrory Taps Greenville's Scott Shook for State Board of Community Colleges

WINTERVILLE—Greenville’s Scott Shook was introduced last month as one of three new members of the State Board of Community Colleges.

A financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Shook was appointed to the board by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve until June 30, 2019. He will represent Region Six, which is comprised of 20 counties in the northeastern part of the state.

Pitt Community College President G. Dennis Massey said last week that Pitt County has not had a representative on the State Board in decades.

“Scott Shook will bring familiarity with the community colleges in eastern North Carolina and a strong commitment to economic and workforce development to the State Board of Community Colleges,” Massey said. “PCC and other eastern community colleges will benefit as Mr. Shook will shape policies, budgets and programs that will benefit our faculty and staff and the communities we serve. We are fortunate, indeed, for this appointment by Gov. McCrory."

Shook, a 1993 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, will serve on two of board’s standing committees: Accounting and Audit and Program Services.

“It is an honor to be asked by the governor to serve on the State Board of Community Colleges,” Shook said. “I look forward representing Region Six, an area that I have lived and worked in for more than 20 years. This region has unique and diverse economic challenges and opportunities, and I am eager to be an advocate for (it).”

In addition to more than 14 years as a financial advisor, Shook has worked as a personal banker, branch manager and city executive. He has also volunteered with many community organizations, including the ECU Department of Economics Advisory Board, Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Greenville Board of Adjustments, and Wilson Elks Lodge #840.

Also named to the State Board of Community Colleges last month were Wade Irwin, who was appointed by Gov. McCrory to represent Region Two (northwestern North Carolina), and Matthew Jones, a Piedmont Community College student and president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association. Jones will serve as an ex-officio member.

Since January of 1981, the 21-member State Board of Community Colleges has served as the governing authority for the nation’s third largest system of community colleges. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Raleigh.