The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees recently swore in one new member and two current members who were reappointed. Michael McConnell is the new member and is appointed by the Haywood County Board of Education. Peggy Melville was reappointed by Governor Bev Perdue and Robert Morris was reappointed by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. Each will serve a four year term.
McConnell has lived in Haywood County since 2001 and is an attorney with Melrose, Seago & Lay, P.A. in Sylva. He and his wife have two children.
McConnell attended Montgomery Community College. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College, and a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law. He is active on the Missions Committee at the First United Methodist Church of Waynesville and with Haywood Habitat for Humanity.
Melville retired from HomeTrust Bank in 2008 as Senior Vice President/Chief Administration Officer and Corporate Secretary. She lives in Clyde and has a son, daughter, and two grandsons.
Melville graduated from Hardbarger Business School. She currently serves as a board member to AdvantageWest, Givens Estate Retirement Community, Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation, Pigeon River Fund, and Haywood Waterways Association. She is also Treasurer of Altrusa, Director of the Fund for Haywood County, and Director/Treasurer of Smoky Mountain Development Corporation.
Melville has served 10 years on the HCC Board of Trustees. She was past chairperson and past vice chairperson. Currently, she serves as chair of the Finance Committee.
Morris is Vice President of Blue Ridge Glass. He lives in Clyde with his wife Marla and two children. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University. He is active in the Waynesville Rotary Club and the Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department Board.
On the HCC Board, Morris completed two years of a term left vacant by Charles Starnes. He serves as chair of the Personnel Committee.
Pictured left to right are members of the HCC Board of Trustees Robert Morris, Michael McConnell, and Peggy Melville. McConnell was appointed by the Haywood County Board of Education. Peggy Melville was reappointed by Governor Bev Perdue and Robert Morris was reappointed by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.