Jackson County Clerk of Court Ann Melton swore in Gary M. Shields Tuesday night, Oct. 25, as the newest member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees. Recommended by the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Shields, a Macon County native, was appointed by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
A retired educator, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Gardner-Webb College and a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. He also has a master’s in guidance counseling from Western Carolina University. His career as an educator spans 37 years. Shields was employed in the Macon County School System for 29 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, elementary principal and high school principal. Before retiring in June 2010, he served for 21 years as principal of Franklin High School.
Shields served two tours of duty in Vietnam serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Shields currently serves on numerous boards and committees including Rotary, KIDS Place, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Angel Medical Center Foundation, Tourism Development Commission and the Macon County Board of Education. His term on the SCC Board of Trustees will expire on June 30, 2012.