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Rakestraw joins Board of Trustees

Jul 22, 2021

The Rockingham Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday welcomed Charles K. Rakestraw to its board. He replaces Robert Shelton, who has stepped off the board, as an appointee of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

Charles Rakestraw
Charles K. Rakestraw

Rakestraw is no stranger to RCC. He earned an associate degree in 1989 before transferring to Elon University, where he graduated in 1992. He also served on the RCC Foundation board in the late 1990s.

The Madison resident became a North Carolina Real Estate broker in 1995, and a North Carolina general contractor three years later. He spent 10 years as a broker with Don Warren and Associates, and is now president and Real Estate broker in-charge at Rakestraw Properties.

Rakestraw has served as Madison-Mayodan Rotary president, and has been a member of the Rockingham County Airport Authority and the Planning Board. He was also a member of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development board.

Currently, Rakestraw is a First National Bank advisory board member and a Rockingham County Board of Equalization and Review member.

RCC President Dr. Mark O. Kinlaw recommended Rakestraw to the Commissioners, who unanimously approved the appointment. His term expires in July 2025.

After two terms as a trustee, from 2013-2021, Shelton did not seek a reappointment from the Commissioners, due to other commitments.

“Mr. Shelton has served admirably as a member of the RCC Board of Trustees,” Kinlaw told the Commission. “It has been a pleasure working with him on our board.”


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