2017-03-18 / News

Mayor Merilyn Newell keynote speaker for PCC’s Women of Distinction Luncheon

Mayor Merilyn P. Newel Mayor Merilyn P. Newel Mayor Merilyn P. Newell will serve as the keynote speaker for Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) first Women of Distinction Luncheon on Thursday, March 23. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex.

The luncheon will focus on the accomplishments of local female leaders who exemplify the vision of the college by being a contributor to their own community and beyond as they make an impact through their work, service, and everyday living.

Six women in Person and Caswell counties will be honored for their accomplishments in one of the following areas: education, community development, business, healthcare, community service and volunteer caregiving.

The PCC Women of Distinction Committee believed that Mayor Newell would be the ideal person to serve as keynote speaker at the event as she embodies many of the characteristics of a “Woman of Distinction.”

A native of Roxboro, Newell grew up in the Surl-Mt. Tirzah community. After graduating from Person High School, she continued her education at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Newell began her professional work career at the University of North Carolina Athletic Department, where she was a member of one of the first university-level offices devoted to sports marketing — a relatively new field in collegiate athletics in the late 1970s.

After 12 years with UNC, Newell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and began what would become now nearly a 30 year career in banking. She is currently vice president with Roxboro Savings Bank.

In 2001, Newell decided to seek elected office and subsequently became a member of the Roxboro City Council. In 2007, as a member of the City Council, she was appointed by her colleagues on the Council to the office of Mayor Pro Tempore — the first woman in Roxboro history to hold this office. She has been the city’s mayor since 2011.

Newell, a lifelong musician and actor, plays 13 instruments. She is also active in regional community theater, appearing in over 50 productions throughout the region.

For more information, contact Allison Satterfield at (336) 322-2102.

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