The current members of the Board of Trustees of Gaston College are as follows:
DR. JIM R. WATSON
Lincoln County Commissioners (Term: 2016 – 2020)
Born in North Wilkesboro, NC, he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, retired as superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, and is currently employed as a college professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
DR. JAMES “JIM” RAGAN
Gaston County Board of Education (Term: 2015 – 2019)
Raised in Lynchburg, VA, he received a BA from the University of Virginia, a JD from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Besides careers in teaching and consulting in business management, he recently retired after 40 years of practicing law.
MR. STEPHEN D. CAMPBELL
Gaston County Commissioners (Term: 2016 – 2020)
A native of Roanoke, VA, he received his BS degree in Economics from the University of Richmond, and MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is currently employed with Park Sterling Bank as Vice President – Investment Consultant.
SHERIFF ALAN CLONINGER
Governor (Term: 2014 – 2018)
A lifelong resident of Gaston County, he received an AS degree from Gaston College, a BS degree from University of North Carolina-Charlotte in Criminal Justice, and a JD from Campbell University School of Law. He currently serves as sheriff of Gaston County.
JUDGE CRAIG COLLINS
Governor (Term: 2015 – 2019)
A resident of Gastonia, NC, since 1998, he received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in Political Science and a JD from Villanova University School of Law. Currently, he District Court Judge in Gastonia.
MR. JOHN DANCOFF
Lincoln County Commissioners (Term: 2014 – 2018)
A resident of Lincoln County and a Gaston College graduate, he is currently Plant Operations Manager for Steele Rubber Products in Denver. He also serves on the Lincoln County Planning Board and on the Executive Committee of the Lincoln County Industrial Managers Association.
MS. JENNIFER DAVIS
Gaston County Board of Education (Term: 2014 – 2018)
A Gastonia native, she served on the Gaston County School Board for 12 years. Retired from IBM, she is currently employed as the Director of Discipleship Ministry for the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. She is also the sole proprietor of Jennifer P. Davis and Associates, a Human Resources Consulting business.
MR. DAVID RONALD “RON” HOVIS
Gaston County Commissioners (Term: 2015 – 2019)
A resident of Cherryville, NC, he worked at Carolina Freight as an Account Representative until retirement. He served on the Gaston County Board of Education for eight years.
MR. BRETT KEETER
Governor (Term: 2013 – 2017)
A cum laude graduate of University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a BA in Political Science and a minor in History, he currently serves as Regional Director for the Office of United States Congress Patrick McHenry. He and his wife live in Gastonia, NC.
MR. BRADLEY OVERCASH
Governor (Term: 2016 – 2020)
A resident of Belmont, he received his BS from the University of NC at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in NC and Mississippi, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. He is a practicing attorney in Charlotte.
MR. TRACY PHILBECK
Gaston County Board of Commissioners (Term: 2016 – 2018)
A lifelong resident of Gaston County, he lives in Dallas with his wife Rebecca and two children. He is a graduate of Gaston College and completed a BS degree in Government Pre Law at Campbell University. He is the president of Treescape, Inc. and serves as a member of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners.
MS. MAY GRAY ROBINSON
Gaston County Board of Education (Term: 2013 – 2017)
A resident of Gastonia, NC, she is a realtor with MGR, Inc., doing business as owner of Robinson Realty.
MR. JAMES SMITH
Gaston County Board of Education (Term: 2016 – 2020)
Born and raised in Gastonia, NC, he graduated with the first class at Gaston College and received a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
MR. JAMES “RANDY” VINSON
Gaston County Commissioners (Term: 2013 – 2017)
Born and raised in Statesville, NC, he is a graduate of NC State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He retired after careers in telecommunications, sales, and marketing.
MS. MADISON KNOWLES
Student Government Association (Term: 2016 – 2017)
A resident of Bessemer City, she is a fifth-year student of Gaston Early College High School. She serves as President of Gamma Beta Phi and on the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association Executive Board as Public Information Officer. She is working on obtaining both an AS and AA degree at Gaston College with hopes to transfer to a four-year university.
2016 Board Minutes
- February 19, 2016 (Retreat)
- February 19, 2016 (Called Board Meeting)
- March 21, 2016
- May 9, 2016
- June 27, 2016
- August 29, 2016
- September 26, 2016
2015 Board Minutes
- February 6, 2015 (Called Board Meeting)
- February 6, 2015 (Retreat)
- March 23, 2015
- May 11, 2015
- June 22, 2015
- August 31, 2015
- November 16, 2015
2014 Board Minutes
- February 7, 2014
- March 24, 2014
- April 8, 2014
- May 12, 2014
- June 23, 2014
- August 25, 2014
- September 22, 2014
- November 17, 2014
2013 Board Minutes
- January 28, 2013
- February 15, 2013
- March 18, 2013
- May 13, 2013
- June 24, 2013
- August 26, 2013
- September 23, 2013
- November 18, 2013
2012 Board Minutes
- February 10, 2012
- February 10, 2012 – Board Retreat
- March 26, 2012
- May 7, 2012
- June 25, 2012
- August 27, 2012
- September 24, 2012
- November 12, 2012