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Wing At CVCC Dedicated To Late Innovator

The life and legacy of the late Mark Bradley Story was celebrated on May 6 at Catawba Valley Community College. The Mark Story Innovation Wing at CVCC’s Workforce Solutions Complex was officially dedicated during the ceremony held May 6. Story served as CEO of K-64 from 2017 until his unexpected passing on February 4, 2020 at the age of 52.

Family and friends of Story, including his widow Mitzi and their three children, gathered together to honor a man described as not only a great leader and visionary, but also a great husband and father.

CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw spoke about his personal relationship with Mark Story and how drastically Story’s vision changed the landscape in Catawba County. Jennifer Jones, CVCC’s Chief Development Officer and Foundation Executive Director, worked with Mark Story as a K-64 Business Liaison before transitioning into the Office of the President. Jones credited Story’s innovative approach for providing students and educators with the tools and training to successfully navigate the challenges brought forth by the pandemic.

Catawba County Commissioner Robert Abernathy Jr. spoke on behalf of Luke Walling — a longtime friend who helped Story pioneer the K-64 Initiative at Catawba Valley Community College. A mural of Story with his quote — “The future of Catawba County begins and ends with our students” — is also on display near the midpoint of the wing.