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Three new members join BCC Foundation Board

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Matt Elvington of Leland, Mike Forte of Boiling Spring Lakes, and Mike Reaves of Caswell Beach, have been elected to the Brunswick Community College Foundation Board.
Elvington, a mortgage banker for Wells Fargo in Wilmington, has been in the financial services arena for more than eight years, providing service and economic strategies for his clients.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University with a concentration in accounting. Currently pursuing his Certified Financial Planning designation, he and his wife Stacy are active volunteers in their community and have a 2-year-old daughter.
Forte is a retired former native of New York City. He has owned and operated several major businesses throughout his 30-year career, including Anchor Pest Control, and has always concentrated on customer relations, sales and management.
A graduate of Fordham University with a degree in business/accounting, he also founded the successful Cape Fear Italian Festival, a fundraising event for Brunswick Community College.
Dedicated to supporting all educational opportunities for students, he was named Businessman of the Year by Morris County, New Jersey, and twice was named Outstanding Young Man in America by N.J. Monthly Magazine. Forte and his wife Leighann have three sons and are dedicated to serving their community.
Reaves is the former president of Brunswick Community College (1987-2005) and has 32 years of experience in the North Carolina Community College System. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate degree in education from N.C. State University in Raleigh. He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Community College Presidents’ Academic and Professional Leadership Institute.
As a lifelong educator, Reaves has received numerous accolades, including Rotary International’s Service Above Self award, Brunswick County Chamber’s Citizen of the Year 2005 award and DAR’s Community Service Award 2009.
Additionally, he has been involved in many professional organizations and served as a director or chairperson on numerous boards, including: Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation, First Tee of Brunswick County and Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America. Reaves and his wife Gloria have two daughters and are committed to supporting the role of education in the community.