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Neal named to seat on Chesapeake College Board of Trustees

Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007


WYE MILLS – Vicki Neal, whose volunteer experience includes a host of local educational and community endeavors, has been appointed to the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees as one of Kent County´s two representatives.

Neal joins Thomas Groce Jr., the current chair of the college´s Board of Trustees, in representing Kent County on the 10-member board. Each of the college´s five support counties has two representatives, who are appointed by the governor with the consent of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Neal, an employee of SunTrust Bank in Chestertown for more than 32 years, is currently the bank´s branch manager/vice president and also serves as an investment associate for SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. While she is a graduate of North Dakota´s Aakers Business School, all five of her children were born and raised in Kent County. "I think Vicki will bring a different perspective and be a real asset to the board," said Groce. "We´re excited to have her here – we´ve been without a second Kent County trustee for several months (since Ann Wilmer Hoon´s retirement last summer)."

Neal, whose five children include four who attended Chesapeake, said she is pleased to renew her association with the college.

"I´m excited about this opportunity. I´m new at this, but it´s very interesting," said Neal. "I´m taking it all in right now, but I expect to add something to this board once I am fully acclimated."

Neal has five children, all of whom she said share her appreciation for education. Her children are: Dr James Soha, who is assistant E.R. director at St. Benedictine Hospital in New York; Shelly Neal-Edwards, LCSW, who has a master´s degree from the University Of Maryland and presently works at Chester River Home Care and Hospice; Meredith Neal-Grussing, a graduate of Chesapeake College in business management and Wilmington College with a Bachelor´s of Science degree in business; Lisa Neal Dixon, Registered Nurse at Christiana (DE) Hospital; and Sandy Neal Esepy of BelAir.

Neal is past president of the Kent County Soroptimist Club and past chairperson for the Kent County Lung Association. She has also served on the boards of the Kent County Cancer Society and Academy of Finance for Kent County High School, and actively participates in the Relay for Life/Kent County.

"People in the community who already know about my appointment are coming to talk with me about Chesapeake," said Neal, who indicated her board service will include this type of community outreach.

Neal said she has several goals for her time on the Chesapeake board, including raising awareness of the transportation challenges facing some Kent County residents who wish to attend the college.

"I hope during my time on the board I can assist in helping improve the transportation situation," said Neal. "Not every young adult has a car and that holds back some of the young people who are interested in attending Chesapeake."


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