Smithfield resident is newest trustee
W.E. Bud Andrews has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve a four-year term on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees.
A retired colonel in the National Guard, Andrews is also a retired senior vice president with First Citizens Bank. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Campbell College, now Campbell University. He continued his studies and graduated from the U.S. Army War College.
An Eagle Scout, Andrews is a life time Jaycee, a life member of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Central Johnston County Rotary, the American Legion, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He also serves as a trustee of Goldsboro Friends Meeting, where he attends church. Some of his accolades include being named the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen and Citizen of the Year, a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and receiving the Governor's Award for Volunteerism and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
"The community college is where the rubber hits the road to people who need retraining and the younger people who want to go to college and stay in the area," Andrews said. "I am looking forward and am excited about the opportunity to add gas to their fire."
Andrews and his wife, Dianne, live in Smithfield. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Andrews replaces Robert W. "Bob" Bryant, Jr. whose term ended in 2014. Bryant served as a college trustee for 15 years. Andrews was officially welcomed and received his oath of office July 10 at the regular board meeting.