Gov. names Burlington city councilman to ACC board of trustees

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has appointed veteran Burlington city councilman James B. “Jim” Butler to Alamance Community College’s board of trustees.

Butler has served on Burlington’s city council since 2007 and is employed as general manager of Modern Automotive Network, headquartered in Winston-Salem. He is a Burlington native and University of Alabama graduate.

During his tenure as a city councilman, Butler has served on the transportation advisory committee for the Burlington-Graham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); as a trustee for the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transit (PART); as a member of the tax and finance legislative action committee for the N.C. League of Municipalities (NCLM); and as a board member for the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments (PTCOG), among other roles. He is also active in the United Way of Alamance County and the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Butler was appointed to ACC’s board in late November and attended his first meeting this week – albeit virtually, as the college’s trustees are continuing to meet via the Zoom online teleconference system due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ACC’s trustees do not customarily meet during the month of December.

Butler replaces Dr. Robert Van Dalen, a gynecologist who lives in Graham and was appointed to ACC’s board of trustees in 2016 by then-Governor Pat McCrory; all three are Republican.

Alamance County’s board of commissioners, the Alamance-Burlington school board, and the governor’s office each appoint four trustees to ACC’s board. Terms run four years.

Butler’s term on ACC’s board of trustees runs through June 30, 2024, according to the gubernatorial office of boards and commissions. He and his wife of nearly 30 years, Kim Butler, have three grown children and live at 520 Meadowood Drive in Burlington.