Robin Schaefer and Robert “Whit” Whitley have joined the Craven Community College Board of Trustees, which is responsible for development and governance of Craven Community College. Schaefer and Whitley were sworn in during the Aug. 15 trustee meeting and both will serve four-year terms that extend through June 30, 2021.
Schaefer is an assistant vice president for nursing services at CarolinaEast Health System, where she has worked for 15 years, and is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. She was appointed by the Craven County Board of Commissioners, which is responsible for appointing four members to the board.
Whitley has been a practicing attorney in New Bern for 22 years. He is board certified in worker’s compensation and has received the distinguished AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, has served as managing partner of a 30-member law firm and frequently lectured on best practices for human resource professionals. Whitley also taught Business Law and Human Resources at Lenoir Community College, is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and serves on the advisory board for New Bern Boys and Girls Club. He has three children, one attending United States Merchant Marine Academy and two attending New Bern High School.
Governor Roy Cooper, who is responsible for appointing four members to the board, appointed Whitley to the Craven CC board of trustees.
Allison Morris and Ronald Knight were reappointed to serve as trustees from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. Morris began serving in 2013 and Knight is the longest serving trustee, beginning his service in 1993. Morris and Knight were reappointed by the Craven County Board of Education, which is also responsible for appointing four members to the board.
The Craven CC Board of Trustees is authorized, per the community college laws of North Carolina, as a leadership body corporate to be responsible for setting all college policy and for appointing the college president; purchasing, holding and transferring title to all land and property; instituting and defending legal actions; providing for receipt and acceptance of donations, gifts and bequests; contracting with other organizations; and encouraging the establishment of private and nonprofit corporations to support the college.