(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland County Commissioners recently recognized Cleveland Community College President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg as the Wells Fargo President of the Year for NC Community Colleges.
Commissioner Johnnie Hutchins presented Dr. Thornburg with a resolution honoring his accomplishments during his 23 years of tenure as president of CCC. Over the course of this time, Thornburg has been an integral part of many new programs including automation engineering technology, surgical technology, and biotechnology. These have led to the College’s growth not only in student population, but also in facilities and resources on campus, including the Paksoy Technology Center, the Bailey Allied Health and Science Center, the Brown Emergency Training Center, and the LeGrand Center. Most recently under Dr. Thornburg’s guidance, CCC, leading a consortium of higher education institutions, was awarded more than $23 million as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
Over the years, Thornburg has been just as active in the community as he has on campus by serving on countless boards and serving as chair of many of them. He currently serves as chair of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership, and has led the Cleveland County Chamber, the United Way, and the Shelby Rotary Club. Dr. Thornburg has also served locally on the Region C Workforce Development Board, the Cleveland County YMCA Board, the Boy Scouts of America Council Executive Board, as well as, Jefferson Elementary School PTA co-president with his wife, Peg.
Prior to joining CCC, Thornburg served as president of Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor, Maine, for two years. Having grown up in Lincolnton and attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate and master’s degrees, and North Carolina State University for his doctoral degree, CCC and Cleveland County were a perfect fit. Dr. Thornburg resides in Shelby. He is married to Peg and has a son, Michael, who is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pictured l-r: Commissioner Johnnie Hutchins, Dr. Steve Thornburg, Peg Thornburg, Commissioner Susan Allen, Commissioner Eddie Holbrook, and Commissioner Jason Falls