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HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. (left) welcomes new Board of Trustee member Jay Baker

Jay Alan Baker of Littleton, N.C., has been selected to serve on the Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees. A governor's appointee, Baker's term will run from Feb. 12, 2007 to June 30, 2010. He replaces Verlon Barry Wilson.

Baker is an alumnus of HCC, having earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a marketing concentration in 1983. A United States Army veteran, Baker is also a graduate of the Management Development Program, Young Executives Institute of the University of North Carolina.

“As a former graduate of HCC and business owner for over 17 years, I recognize and appreciate what an important role HCC can play in educating and preparing students for the future. I look forward to serving on the Board of Trustees,” said Baker. Currently the president of Baker Laundries, Inc./Waterworks Car Wash, Inc., he has also worked with Blue Flame Fuels, Inc., as General Manager, from 1981-1990.
Professional affiliations include:

  • Chairman, Weldon Board of Adjustment from 2005 to present

  • Chairman, Halifax County Solid Waste Advisory Board from 2004 to present

  • Director, Lake Gaston Association from 2007 to present

  • Member, N.C. National Federation of Independent Business Leadership Council from 2002 to 2006

  • Board Member/Officer, Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce from 2001-2003

  • Graduate, Leadership Roanoke Valley in 2001

Baker was honored in 2003 with the N.C. Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and in 2001 with the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award. In 1994, he was named the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Successful Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dr. Stanley Edwards, chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees said, “Jay Baker has demonstrated leadership qualities throughout his professional career. We are delighted to have him join the Board of Trustees.”

“Jay will bring a different perspective to the College's board. I look forward to working with him to better our school and our community,” said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.

Baker is married with two daughters.