SCC Facilitates a discussion between local community leaders and the Golden LEAF Foundation

Community Leaders gold LEAF

Guests to the SCC campus included Harold Thompson, Mayor, Town of Norwood; Candace Moffitt, Director, Stanly County Economic Development Commission; Lee Picker, Chair, Stanly Community College Foundation Board; Martha Sue Hall, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Albemarle; Ronnie Michael, Mayor, City of Albemarle; Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation; Andy Lucas, Stanly County Manager; Dr. John Enamait, President of Stanly Community College; and George Crooker, Chief Executive Officer, Stanly County Family YMCA.


On Wednesday, February 27, Stanly Community College (SCC) facilitated a meeting and discussion between local government, non-profit agency leaders and the Golden LEAF Foundation. Attendees heard remarks from Golden LEAF Foundation President, Dan Gerlach. Local leaders and the Golden LEAF Foundation were given a tour of campus including the new IT Data Virtualization Center that the Golden LEAF Foundation helped fund.

“Stanly Community College is committed to its mission, which includes the enhancement of the economic, social, and cultural life of the communities we serve,” stated Dr. John Enamait, President of Stanly Community College. “SCC facilitating a dialog between community partners and the Golden LEAF Foundation is unquestionably mission-related, and advantageous to all who participated.” 

“Golden LEAF’s mission is to increase economic opportunity for communities like Stanly County through leadership in grants, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship,” stated Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation. “We have been pleased with the opportunities at Stanly Community College and we are always looking for ways to help other government and non-profit institutions. We are thankful that SCC allowed us this opportunity to connect.”

“Stanly County is appreciative of Golden LEAF’s philanthropic funding to help Stanly County, like Pfieffer University’s new health science facility in downtown Albemarle, and the funding to expand the county’s water interconnections infrastructure,” stated Andy Lucas, Stanly County Manager. “On behalf of the County Commissioners, I would like to thank the Golden LEAF Foundation for their time to discuss current and potential economic projects.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to the well-being of all North Carolinians and committed to supporting the state’s long-term economy, particularly in rural and economically distressed communities.

Stanly Community College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina (NC) Community College System (NCCCS). This institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The college serves nearly 10,000 students annually in all types of programs including associate degree, diploma, certificate, general education, occupational training, adult literacy, and a comprehensive online degree program.