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by Robert W. Pacheco

Items from across the Triad and beyond

PHILLIPS ENTERS 6TH CONGRESSIONAL RACE

Jeff Phillips, a Republican member of the Guilford County Commission, announced his candidacy for the 6 th district seat in the US House, which will become vacant due to Rep. Howard Coble’s impending retirement. Married with two daughters, Phillips owns a financial services company in Greensboro.

Phillips is the second Guilford County commissioner to announce his candidacy for the 6 th district seat, following Bruce Davis, a Democrat from High Point.

JIM WESTMORELAND PROMOTED TO GREENSBORO CITY MANAGER

Greensboro City Council appointed Jim Westmoreland to replace outgoing City Manager Denise Turner Roth beginning Saturday. As city manager, Westmoreland will oversee the city’s public safety departments, manage Greensboro economic development efforts, and supervise the human resources, finance, and budget and evaluation departments.

“Jim has over 20 years of experience in public-sector management and has a firm understanding of the direction of our city,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan in a prepared statement. “Council feels that he has the proper set of skills and leadership needed for this position, and that no national search for a candidate was required.”

GREENSBORO URBAN MINISTRY HEAD RETIRING

The Rev. Mike Aiken, executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, will retire in July 2015. Aiken has served as executive director for 28 years. Greensboro Urban Ministry has hired a consulting firm as they progress towards finding a replacement for Aiken. The outgoing executive director Aiken said he will continue his work to end homelessness and hunger in the Greensboro area.

GTCC AND GUILFORD COLLEGE SIGN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT

It is now easier for students to attend Guilford College after the institution entering into an articulation agreement with GTCC. The agreement will offer students a clear pathway from an associate’s degree at GTCC to a bachelor’s degree at Guilford College. Fourteen areas of study will be eligible for transfer to Guilford College, which will waive its application fee, accept a maximum of 64 credits, and grant full junior status to all graduates of designated GTCC associate degree programs.

Guilford College is also developing a bilateral articulation agreement with Alamance Community College in Burlington. !

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