DOBSON — The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation has announced two new officers for its board of directors.
John Priddy accepted the nomination for chairman, while Sue Stone will serve as vice chair. They take the place of Brent McKinney and Earlie Coe.
Priddy moved to Surry County in 1977 to serve as branch and operations manager for NCNB. In 1983, he moved another bank, which would become BB&T.
After 38 years in banking in the county (32 with the same company), Priddy retired in 2015.
However, he has remained active in the community. He continues to serve on the BB&T Surry County Advisory Board. He joined the Educational Foundation in 2014 and has served on the Investments Committee.
A member of many civic groups, Priddy has 25 years of Rotary membership with the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club, Mount Airy Lunch Rotary Club, and the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club.
He is also a past chairperson with the Surry County Economic Development Partnership and a past chairperson for the Mount Airy Salvation Army.
“I am excited to take this new position on the foundation board,” said Priddy. “I am always ready to help with organizations I believe do good things for our community.”
McKinney is taking a step back from chairman, but will remain on the board.
He was an instrumental leader in the creation of the foundation. He, along with other local business and community leaders, formed the group because they were passionate about education and the future of Surry County.
“We came away from the original meeting in early 2011 with a clear goal to have a well-educated work force in Surry County,” said McKinney. “We felt we could create and attract good-paying jobs which would help to maintain and even improve the quality of life in our county.”
“After six years of organizational work,” McKinney continues, “we are now incorporated as a non-profit organization. We have an outstanding board of dedicated community leaders. We have three annual fundraising events. We have identified several areas in the county school system where financial assistance is making a positive difference. And, we have begun an endowment campaign.
“In the coming months and perhaps years, our greatest challenges are to make the foundation well known, and reach out to every potential source for financial support.”
* Sue Stone served on the Surry County Board of Education for 36 years where she influenced children and families with her dedication to promote policies and initiatives that put children first.
As a member of the Surry County Schools Business Advisory Committee, Stone has been involved in most of the major educational initiatives in the SCS System for more than forty years.
Stone is also very active in the community. She volunteers at Northern Hospital of Surry County and is a member of First United Methodist Church of Pilot Mountain.
“Education in Surry County is very important to me,” said Stone. “The Foundation supports Surry County Schools in many ways, and I am happy to continue my support of education in this way.”
She take the place of Earlie Coe, who has taken a couple of steps back in recent months. Coe also gave up the chair for the county Board of Education this year to Terri Mosley, but remains on the board.
* Sheriff Graham Atkinson will continue his appointment as treasurer for the Foundation. Atkinson has served in this capacity for several years and is a very important part of helping provide students and teachers with enhanced learning opportunities.
Atkinson said he is proud to serve on the board in this way because, “if I can help education in Surry County in anyway, that is what I will do. The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation directly impacts teachers and students positively, and I am happy to help with it.”
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