Trustee Honored for Service to GWU

Ron Beane, of Lenoir, N.C., Receives N.C. Baptist Heritage Award

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Gardner-Webb University Trustee Ron Beane received the N.C. Baptist Heritage Award in a recent ceremony sponsored by the N.C. Baptist State Convention and the N.C. Baptist Foundation. The award is one of the highest honors given by the convention.

Beane’s life has been characterized by his commitment and service to education in Caldwell County and North Carolina, to his church, and to his community. He has served as a GWU Trustee for nine years.

Dr. Ben Leslie, GWU interim president, described Beane as an exceptional volunteer. “Most of us are familiar with a category of institutional friends about whom we sometimes wonder, ‘Where would be without them?’ Leslie observed at the award presentation. “They surprise us over and over again with their willingness to work hard, to take on new projects, to help solve our problems, and wherever they are, to identify themselves as a champion and cheerleader in chief for our institutions. Ron Beane is just such an individual for Gardner-Webb University.”

A native and current resident of Caldwell County, Beane graduated from Gardner-Webb Junior College in 1957. He received his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State Teacher’s College in 1959 and began teaching and coaching basketball. He retired in 1994 after 35 years, having also served as a principal and an associate superintendent for Caldwell County Schools.

After retirement, he served 12 years as a Caldwell County Commissioner. Beane led the effort to acquire the Wild and Scenic River Designation for Wilson Creek in Caldwell County. He serves on the Caldwell Community College Board of Trustees and has also served on the Caldwell County Schools Education Foundation Board. He and his wife sponsor an annual scholarship for a senior at West Caldwell High School.

Beane is a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. He and his wife, Christine, have two children and four grandchildren; one is currently a junior at Gardner-Webb.