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COA Welcomes Newest Trustees

Elizabeth City — College of The Albemarle (COA) is excited to announce their newest Trustees, Dr. J. Anthony Sharp and Robert Pippen Jr., were sworn in by Judge Eula Reid on Aug. 21. The two trustees will add layers of experience and insight to programs offered at COA.

Dr. Anthony Sharp specializes in aviation education and consulting. He’s a founding member of Professional Minority Aviation Consultants, LLC and serves as the chief executive officer. Throughout his career, Dr. Sharp has earned four degrees including an associate degree from Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ, a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, a master’s degree from New York University and a PhD from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He has worked for Elizabeth City State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FlightSafety International, Florida Memorial University, Hampton University, Jersey City State University, Nova Southeastern University, Ohio University, Pima Community College, Union College, the U.S. Air Force and Wheeler Airlines as an aircraft mechanic, contract forest-fire pilot, flight crew member, flight instructor, pilot and professor. His 35 years of experience will be instrumental to COA’s Aviation Systems Technology program and his overall knowledge in higher education will open the floor to share best practices.

Robert Pippen Jr. is back where he started his studies at COA. After two years, he transferred to North Carolina State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He credits COA for helping him fulfill his lifelong goal of working in the forestry industry for 50 years. Pippen worked at Chesapeake Corporation, J.W. Jones Lumber Company, Inc. and a paper mill in Roanoke Rapids. He held positions as the area procurement manager, procurement forester, NC manager of operations and as a vice president of operations and sales. COA was excited to launch its Agribusiness program this fall and having Mr. Pippen on the board will help grow the program. His decades of experience in supervising the planting of pine plantations, harvesting them and then collecting the timber throughout northeastern NC to produce a variety of products will provide insight into the world of agriculture.

George E. Thomas Jr., TowneBank senior vice president, was reappointed to serve another term on the board. Patti Kersey, lieutenant colonel, retired U.S. Air Force, was nominated and voted in to serve as the trustee appointment on the Foundation Board of Directors.