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Stephen Morris Newly Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

PRESIDENT & OWNER OF THE GEM THEATER BRINGS EXTENSIVE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TO THE BOARD

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomed Stephen Morris to the College’s board. Morris was recently appointed by the Cabarrus County Commission to serve on the board through 2017.

 “I am so pleased to get to work more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to develop a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community through this appointment,” said Morris.

Morris, a native of Cabarrus County, is the President and Owner of the Gem Theater in Kannapolis, a vintage 1936 single screen movie theater serving the downtown area since 1995. For the 20 years prior, Morris was a principal with Mills Florist, Inc., operating retail and wholesale florist, garden and gift shops in Kannapolis, Concord and Salisbury.

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

Morris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce as immediate past Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and a charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Cabarrus Rotary Club. He serves on the board of directors of the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation, the Academic Learning Center and Under One Roof Cabarrus. Previous community involvement includes leadership positions with the Red Cross-Cabarrus County, the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Carolinas, Kannapolis Kiwanis Club, the Cannon Memorial YMCA, the Cabarrus Library System, the Friends of the Kannapolis-Cabarrus Library, Barber Scotia College, the Kannapolis Economic Development Corporation, and the Residents of Historic Concord Piedmont Preservation Foundation. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis.

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.

“I am very pleased to have Steve joining our board. His expertise, connections and insight are invaluable, and we know the College will benefit from his 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.

“Our trustees are accomplished and dedicated. They’ve been involved extensively in our community, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Morris graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, attended N.C. State University and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1976.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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