ACC Foundation President, New Board Members Begin Duties

Charles Canaday

Charles Canaday

Charles Canaday, Market President, Eastern Region of American National Bank, became president of the Alamance Community College Foundation Board of Directors effective January 1, 2020. Serving a two-year term, he succeeds Fairfax Reynolds.

A member of the ACC Foundation Board since 2005, Canaday has many years of professional and community involvement. He earned a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Coastal Carolina University and graduated from the NC School of Banking. He joined American National Bank & Trust Company through the acquisition of Mid-Carolina Bank in 2011. Canaday has held several leadership positions in his banking career including Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Carolina Bank, Regional Market Manager of Centura Bank and Senior Lending Officer of First South Bank. He is the Past Board Chairman of the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, and the Alamance County YMCA. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bankers Association and is an active member of the Cherokee Council Boy Scouts, Alamance County United Way, and Front Street United Methodist Church.

Joining the Foundation board as new members in 2020 are Brenda Hampton, James Kirkpatrick, Celine Meador, Leon Saul, and Don Von Hagen. 

Brenda Hampton is a native of Alamance County. She earned a B.S. degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from UNC-Greensboro. Her career has included working as an Employment Manager for the University of Maryland at Baltimore, owning a retail business in Greensboro, and serving as a Business and Marketing instructor at Alamance Community College. Over the years she has served on numerous boards within the community, including previous service on the ACC Foundation Board of Directors.

James Kirkpatrick graduated from Burlington Williams High School in 1989 and attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned a B.A. in Communications. He is Vice President of Triangle Grading and Paving in Burlington. He serves his community as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Burlington. He is a licensed highway and utility contractor.   

Celine Meador attended the University of Alabama and later worked as Public Relations director for EBSCO Industries in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a female pioneer in the world of scuba diving and underwater photography, owned a diving hotel in the Cayman Islands, authored several books, is a motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Mebane’s Downtown Table Restaurant, and Reed’s Coffee and Art. She recently completed restoration of the historic White Furniture family home in Mebane as an event venue.

Leon Saul is an Alamance County native, attended Western Alamance High, and graduated from ACC’s predecessor, Technical Institute of Alamance, with an associate degree in Business Administration in 1974. Working with his father at a small plumbing business, they expanded the family business over the years into Willie Saul & Son Plumbing. The company grew from four employees to 27 today. Saul gives back to the community through such organizations as Civitans, youth sports teams, and his church. Through the latter, he runs a ministry for young men and has traveled to Romania eight times in mission work. Saul has been instrumental in reviving the plumbing program at ACC by donating equipment, time, classroom space, and committing to hiring ACC graduates.

Don Von Hagen grew up in Long Island, NY but moved permanently to North Carolina in 1990 to attend the UNC School of Law. Upon graduation, he worked for several law firms in Durham before becoming a partner at a Raleigh firm where he served as legal counsel for more than 200 small professional practices. He joined LabCorp as in-house counsel in 2004, later leading the law department’s transactions group during a period of significant growth. In 2016, he left the law department to help form a new Corporate Communications function for LabCorp, with responsibility for internal and external communications.

The Executive Committee of the ACC Foundation Board of Directors for 2020 includes:

  • Charles Canaday, President (American National Bank)
  • Ed Hooks, Vice President
  • Fairfax Reynolds, Immediate Past President
  • Charlie R. Harris, Treasurer
  • John Currin, Secretary
  • Dale Greeson, Chair/Planned Giving Committee (Apple, Bell, Johnson & Co., P.A.)
  • Ami Hill, Chair/Investment Committee (BB&T)
  • Grover Moore, Chair/Resource Development Committee (Carolina Biological Supply Company)
  • Dr. Aaron P. Noble, Jr., Chair/Grants Committee