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New Board Member sworn in at March meeting

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New Board Member sworn in at March meeting

By Todd Haynie

Thatcher, AZ—Lance F. Layton was sworn in as the newest member of the Graham County Community College District Governing Board during the Board’s regular monthly meeting earlier this week. Layton was appointed to serve the remainder of the term left vacant by the passing of Board member, Dennis Layton.

Layton is a sixth-generation farmer in The Gila Valley and a resident of Thatcher. He is the father of five children and is the great-great-great grandson of Christopher Layton, the first chairman of the College’s Governing Board, then known as “the Academy.”

After graduating from Thatcher High School, he served a church mission to the Philippines and then attended and graduated from Eastern Arizona College. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona, with a major in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics and a minor in Spanish. Following graduation, he returned to The Gila Valley to farm with his father, Dennis Layton.

Active in the community, Layton has been involved with a variety of boards and associations. He served on the Graham County Farm Bureau Board for 11 years and currently serves on the boards of the Safford Valley Cotton Growers Co-Op, the Gila Hanks Booster Club, and the Thatcher Schools Scholarship Foundation.

“I’m honored to work to continue the rich traditions of Eastern Arizona College,” said Layton. “The College is an important part of the fabric of The Gila Valley and as we celebrate 125 years of its existence, I look forward to building on those traditions so that the College may be here 125 more.”