ARMC’s president appointed to vacancy on community college’s board of trustees

Alamance County’s commissioners have appointed Mark Gordon, the president of Alamance Regional Medical Center, to fill a recently-vacated position on the board of trustees for Alamance Community College.

Gordon was one of three “qualified” applicants for this particular appointment, which will serve out the unexpired term of former trustee Craig Thompson, who stepped down from his post in the fall of last year. Gordon’s tenure on the board will theoretically lapse with the expiration of Thompson’s term in June of this year.

The husband of current county commissioner Pam Thompson, Craig Thompson had given up his post on ACC’s board of trustees amid concerns over the potential conflict that his position could pose for his wife.
Pam Thompson – who joined the commissioners in 2020, well after her husband’s designation as a trustee – assured her colleagues that her husband’s position never presented her with an actual financial conflict in spite of the controversy it stirred.
“I didn’t stand to profit a dime,” she added, “But just the appearance of it was a real [issue] for us. So, Craig was gracious enough to resign; I didn’t threaten him or nothing.”

Thompson and her fellow commissioners ultimately gave Gordon their unanimous nod over the other two applicants, who were identified as Shannon Peterson and Catherine Smith. Of the three contenders, the hospital’s president was the only one who was physically present on Tuesday night when the commissioners voted on the appointment.