LAURINBURG — Scotland County has announced that Bryan Graham will serve as its director of Parks and Recreation.
Graham will assume his new role on July 6.
The 32-year-old comes to Scotland County from Pembroke where he served as director of Parks and Recreation there since October 2008.
“I’m excited about this excellent opportunity,” he said. “After 10 years in recreation, it is not only something I’m passionate about, it is a way of life.”
Graham replaces Shannon Newton, who retired in March after serving as director for 16 years. His annual salary as director will be $55,992.
“I know Miss Newton did an excellent job and I’m looking forward to following in her footsteps as we work to add new programs and innovative ideas to Parks and Recreation,” Graham said. “My main objective is setting the stage where people can get out of the house and have fun.”
As Parks and Recreation director for Pembroke, Graham oversaw activities and operations for the department, including programming, park beautification and transportation activities with other town departments and outside agencies. He also oversaw a 32-acre outdoor recreational complex and managed two full-time employees, eight part-time employees and dozens of sport-specific volunteers.
During his tenure in Pembroke, Graham increased program participation by 409 percent, officials said.
Graham also established and owned the first indoor athletic facility in Robeson County from 2009 to 2013. The facility houses batting cages and is the site for various athletic events. While at the facility, Graham educated staff on philosophies of teaching baseball and softball and trained children on baseball and softball skill sets. Graham also served as chairman of the Pembroke Tourism Board from 2009 to 2013.
“I tried to make a tremendous impact on Parks and Recreation in Robeson County,” he said. “I plan to make an impact in Scotland for many years to come and look forward to working with an excellent staff.”
In 2006, Graham earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC-Pembroke. In 2017, he expects to earn his Masters in Public Administration from Capella University.
He is the son of state Rep. Charles Graham and Barbara Collins.
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023