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Winslow departing as commissioner, hopes to remain COA trustee

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Pasquotank Commissioner Joseph Winslow, shown in this Aug. 21 file photo, said he hopes to continue as a member of the College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees even though he'll be leaving the commission board on Monday.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, December 3, 2018

College of The Albemarle officials said a goodbye of sorts to Pasquotank County Commissioner Joe Winslow last week but expressed hope that he might continue his service as a trustee.

Winslow, a Democrat who has served as a county commissioner since 2010, leaves the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners today after losing the Northern Outside seat to Republican Sean Lavin in the Nov. 6 general election.

In remarks at the end of COA trustees’ Finance Committee meeting last week, Winslow said he expects his service as a trustee will come to an end once he leaves the Board of Commissioners.

Longstanding tradition of the commission board suggests he’s right.

Although COA’s charter doesn’t specify that any of Pasquotank commissioners’ four appointees to the community college’s trustee board be county commissioners, commissioners traditionally have appointed at least one of their own to the panel.

Pasquotank Board of Commissioners Chairman Cecil Perry said last week he expects that tradition will continue. Perry noted that if Winslow wishes to serve as a COA trustee in the future he could seek one of the other appointments Pasquotank commissioners make to the board.

Besides the four appointments made by commissioners, four other trustee board members are appointed by the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education, four others are made by the governor, two others by the Dare County Board of Commissioners, and one each by the commission boards in Chowan, Perquimans, Currituck, Camden and Gates counties. In addition, the president of the Student Government Association at COA serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the trustee board.

Perry said he hopes Pasquotank commissioners will consider appointing another black citizen as a COA trustee since the 19-member board now has only two black members, former Elizabeth City State University aviation program director Anthony Sharp and retired agricultural extension leader Travis Burke.

Winslow told members of the Finance Committee that he has enjoyed being a COA trustee and that COA is important to him personally because he attended the community college before transferring to N.C. State University.

COA changed his life, he said, and he sees it continuing to change the lives of students in northeastern North Carolina.

Winslow especially urged trustees to protect and support the dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to earn college credits at COA while finishing high school.

Committee members said they appreciated Winslow’s service as a trustee and would be glad to have him continue to serve on the board.

Paul O’Neal, a member of the Finance Committee and a former trustee board chairman, said he especially appreciated Winslow’s role in securing additional funding from Pasquotank for addressing deferred maintenance at the Elizabeth City campus.

“I just want to recognize you for that and thank you for that,” O’Neal said.

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