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New trustees appointed

Aug 18, 2022

The Rockingham Community College Board of Trustees welcomed three new members during its July 19 meeting.

Myla Barnhardt, of Eden, was appointed by N.C. Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

James “Jim” C. Burnette, of Eden, was appointed by the Rockingham County Board of Education.

Michael “Mickey” W. Wilson, of Stoneville, was appointed by the Rockingham Board of Commissioners.

The trio stepped into seats vacated by Mark Collins, Tango Moore, and Janice Tate. Their terms expire June 30, 2026.

Barnhardt is manager of Marketing and Public Relations at UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden.

College Trustee Myla Barnhardt

She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from Baker University in Kansas.

Barnhardt is past chair and current member of the Rockingham County Student Health Center Advisory Board; past board member and current member of the Eden Chamber of Commerce; past member of the John E. Grogan Park Development Committee; and current member of the Leadership Team for Eden’s All America City Delegation, the Rockingham County Division of Public Health Community Assessment Review, the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance, the Rockingham County Primary Care Initiative,  KidsReady Stakeholders in Rockingham County, and the Racial Equity Learning Community; and former Central Elementary PTSO president and Holmes Middle School PTSO vice president.

College Trustee Jim Burnette

Burnette retired after 26 years as production manager with Duke Energy, and spent 13 years on the Eden City Council.

Burnette earned his Associate of Arts degree from Rockingham Community College in 1968. He then transferred to Western Carolina University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and went on for a Master of Science in Chemistry from UNC-Greensboro.

Burnette currently serves on the boards of UNC Rockingham Health Care and Eden Family YMCA. He has also served as a Morehead Memorial Hospital trustee, Rockingham County Education Foundation board member, Rockingham County Business and Technology Center volunteer business counselor, United Way of Rockingham County past-president, Rockingham County Red Cross board member, Eden Strategic Planning Commission chair.

College Trustee Mickey Wilson

Wilson is vice president of operations of the Mayodan Gun Division of Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, and his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He joined Ruger in July 2007, where he served as business unit director of revolvers in Newport, New Hampshire. Wilson became director of Ruger’s Mayodan operations in June 2013, before taking his current position in 2017.

Trustees take oath of office.
From left, Rockingham County Assistant Clerk of Superior Court Kelly Carter administers oaths of office to incoming Rockingham Community College Board of Trustees members Mickey Wilson, Myla Barnhardt, and Jim Burnette on July 19, 2022.


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