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Area L AHEC board chair Dr. Melvin F. Broadnax retires after 21 years of service.

At a special celebration held on October 27, 2009, colleagues, friends, and family gathered to honor Broadnax at the Area L AHEC in Rocky Mount.

Broadnax served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health Education Foundation of Eastern North Carolina Inc./Area L AHEC for nine years. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the construction of the Area L AHEC office building in 1992 and The Learning Institute wing in 2002. He was also a board member of the Rural Health Group in Jackson, NC, which named their Melvin F. Broadnax Health Complex after him. A lifelong resident of Seaboard, NC, Broadnax has served as mayor since 1980, in addition to other community leadership roles. He received his undergraduate degree from Shaw University and his master’s in Science Education from North Carolina A&T University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Shaw. After 30 years of teaching science and math, he retired from the Northampton County School System in 1986.

Area L AHEC’s President and Director David M. Webb, EdD, presided over the celebration, thanking Broadnax for his friendship and years of service. In addition, several guests made remarks including: Jacqueline R. Wynn, MPH, associate director, NC AHEC Program; Thad Sharp, incoming Area L board chair; Debra P. Futrell, PharmD, associate director, Area L AHEC; Elizabeth W. Leonard, executive secretary, Area L AHEC; Lawrence M. Cutchin, MD, founding director of Area L AHEC; and Cleo Broadnax Williamson, sister. Broadnax’s daughter Melvetta Broadnax Taylor summed up the evening by paraphrasing a book she uses in her job as a high school guidance counselor: “Oh, the places you will go, and for Melvin Broadnax – Oh, the places he has gone!”

Editor's Note: Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald newspaper article about Broadnax.

Area L resolution for Broadnax

Above: Thad Sharp, incoming Area L board chair, presents a framed Area L Board resolution honoring Broadnax.

Webb and Broadnax

Above: Area L AHEC’s President and Director David M. Webb, EdD, shows a photo of the reclining chair that will be delivered to Broadnax upon his retirement.