Board Members

Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees

Rev. Dr. Robert Cayton, Chair

  • Residence: Aurora
  • Appointed by: County Commissioner
  • Term: June 30, 2022

Rev. Robert Cayton is the Pastor of Reelsboro Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Concord Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pamlico County. He is a member to the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, representing North Carolina. He also serves as a Trustee of Barton College and as a member of the search committee for the next regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina. The Beaufort County resident attended Luther Rice Seminary and earned a Doctor of Ministry. Husband of Debra Rose Cayton, he is committed to the vision and mission of BCCC which will break the cycle of poverty and give each person the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals.

Kathleen Simpson, Vice Chair

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2019

Kathleen Simpson served in the U.S. Army as a Colonel. Now retired, she taught at East Carolina University’s School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She also served as a Vice President at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. The Washington resident received a Master of Nursing Administration form the University of South Carolina. Wife of Glenn Simpson, mother of two and grandmother of 2, Ms. Simpson has had one son to attend BCCC and has taken Continuing Education classes at the college.

Betty Randolph

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Betty Bar-Randolph is the owner of New Beginning Funeral Home and Creation in Washington. She holds a Master of Education from North Carolina State University. Randolph’s husband Louis had served as a Trustee and Board President. Randolph has served previously as Vice Chair. Her daughter Naomi Ann Randolph is the Executive Director of North Carolina Women Advance. Randolph is a resident of Washington.

Wali Saleem

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2022

Wali Saleem is a retired educator who spent his career in service to Beaufort County Schools. He worked as a Mathematics and Computer Teacher for 18 years, of which he spent 14 years at Washington High School. He worked as a curriculum director with Beaufort County Schools for 7 years. He served as Principal at Aurora High School, P.S. Jones Middle School, and Southside High School. Currently, he operates a tax preparation service, Professional Tax Service in Washington. Mr. Saleem earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. His wife Yvonne earned an associate’s degree for BCCC, and he taught a class at BCCC in 1985. They have one daughter, Robyn, and one son, Wali Jr., and five grandchildren.

Jim Chrisman

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: County Commissioners
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Jim Chrisman is the Chief Financial Officer for Tideland EMC, a position he has held since 2014. He worked for Carteret County, and later served as the Assistant County Manager and Chief Financial Officer for Beaufort County. Mr. Chrisman lives in Washington and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from East Carolina University. Husband of Karen Chrisman, father of twins Owen and Sydney, he has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Carteret Community College.

Archie Griffin

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: County Commissioners
  • Term expires: June 30, 2023

Steven Archie Griffin is a farmer with Griffin Farms, Inc. He earned a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University. He currently serves as the Supervisor for the Beaufort County Soil & Water Conservation District and was selected and sponsored by TIAA-Cref as the second United States citizen for the Nuffield International Farming Scholars. He is also a graduate of the Executive Farm Management Program and a board member of the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association. Mr. Griffin is a resident of Washington, and he took summer classes at BCCC while he completed his Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science at N.C. State University.

Teresa Canady

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: County Commissioners
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Teresa Canady served the Martin County Department of Social Services as a Social Worker Supervisor until she retired in 2015. There she supervised the Child Care, Work First Employment Services Units and Intake Services. She started working with Beaufort County Department of Social Services in 1977 and later worked for Washington County DSS for 16 years. Ms. Canady holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Secretarial Science from BCCC. The wife of William Canady has one daughter, Felisha Canady, and lives in Washington.

Cornell McGill

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Cornell McGill is a retired Department of Public Safety probation administrator. He worked with the State of North Carolina for 34 years, where he managed the probation and part-release of offenders for 21 counties. He managed over 400 employees and supervised an average of 22,000 offenders. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from St. Augustine University. At 34 years, he is the longest serving Trustee on the BCCC Board of Trustees in the history of the college. He and his wife Yvette have two sons, Asim and Cornell Morgan McGill, and two grandchildren, Malik and Machiya McGill.

Amy Sasnett

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2020

Amy Sasnett now works as a farmer, having retired from Vidant Beaufort Hospital in 2016. She worked in a number of roles at the hospital, having started her career there in 1992, and most recently working in quality control. Amy earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C. After the tragic death of her teenage son Reid, Ms. Sasnett wanted to establish an endowment in his memory. Reid loved farming, fire training, the outdoors and sunsets. The family had discussed his college attendance, and they believed that he was headed to BCCC after high school. Wife of Paul Sasnett, she a mother of three daughters.

John Rodman

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2023

John Rodman is a retired city planner who worked with local governments in Beaufort County for 29 years, including 10 years with Beaufort County and 20 years with the City of Washington. He served a Director of Community and Cultural Services, overseeing the Planning & Development, Building Inspections, Historic Preservation, Parks & Recreation and Library Service departments. He holds a Municipal Administration Certificate from the UNC School of Government, and he is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. His wife Janet taught for over 20 years with BCCC’s Division of Continuing Education. She is currently and ESL teacher with Beaufort County Schools. His oldest son George graduated from Pitt Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Basic Law Enforcement Training. His youngest son Jack took summer classes at BCCC, and he is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s School of Public Health.

Mitchell St. Clair Sr.

  • Residence: Washington
  • Appointed by: Board of Education
  • Term expires: June 30, 2022

Marya Shavender

  • Residence: Pantego
  • Appointed by: Governor
  • Term expires: June 30, 2021

Marya Shavender, along with her husband Buddy Shavender, started Shavender Trucking, Inc. in 1978 and have successfully run it for 40 years. She holds a degree from Lenoir Community College. The grandmother of eight also has three daughters: Marcy Morgan, Stacy Swindell and Tracey Brown.

Jean Woolard

  • Residence: Plymouth
  • Appointed by: Washington Co Commissioner
  • Term expires: December 31, 2019

Nicholas Blackford

  • SGA President Ex-officio member
  • Term expires: June 30, 2019

Nicholas Blackford is pursuing an Associate in Arts. The Washington resident was homeschooled and currently works at Shep’s Grill. Son of Mike and Debbie Blackford, he plans to pursue a degree in computer science. He serves as an ambassador through the BCCC Foundation and has worked with the Computer Services office as a work-study student.