The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 4, 2013

Hinton named to ECC board of trustees


RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has appointed Chad Hinton of Tarboro to the Edgecombe Community College Board of Trustees.

Hinton is a partner in the law firm DeLoatch & Hinton, PLLC, in Tarboro. He also serves as legal counsel to North East Carolina Prep School.

 “I believe that education is the best way to advance in our society today, and Edgecombe Community College provides outstanding educational opportunities to the people of our community,” Hinton said.

Hinton’s introduction to ECC occurred during his 2012-2013 term as president of the Rotary Club of Tarboro with the construction of the Wetlands Trail, a project of the Rotary Club, ECC, and the college’s Student Government Association.

The trail begins behind the library building on the Tarboro campus and extends about 1,250 feet to a pair of beaver ponds. The area is a living classroom studied by biology students and other student groups.

“Because of the Wetlands Trail project, I saw first-hand the success and impact of ECC initiatives,” he added. “Through my service on the board, I hope to help the college to continue being successful.”

A seat on the ECC Board of Trustees was left vacant when longtime trustee Jonathan Felton retired this summer.

Hinton is a native of Nashville and holds a bachelor’s degree from Campbell University and a law degree from Elon University School of Law. He has family ties to the state’s community college system. His brother attended Nash and Wilson community colleges, and his sister is currently enrolled at Edgecombe.

Hinton is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and the 7th Judicial District Bar. He also is a member of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce and Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, and a past member of the Tarboro-Edgecombe Cultural Arts Council.

The NC Bar Association recognized him in 2009 with the Pro Bono Service Recognition certificate for his completion of more than 250 hours of free legal services as a third-year practicing student.

“Edgecombe Community College has a terrific leadership team on staff at the college and on the Board of Trustees. I’m looking forward to working with them to advance the school and its missions of education and training,” he said.

The ECC Board of Trustees has 12 members, each serving a four-year term. The Office of the Governor appoints four members. The Edgecombe County Board of Education and the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners each appoint four members.