Jim Melvin

  • Born Dec 24, 1933.
  • Graduates Grimsley High School
  • 1956: Graduates UNC-Chapel Hill, BS Marketing
  • Graduates Rutgers School of Banking
  • 1959: Released from the U.S. Army; joins the Security Bank and Trust as a management trainee.
  • 1961-1962: Received Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce's Top Ten Award.
  • 1962-63: Chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open – the first year that the GGO becomes a $100,000 golf tournament.
  • 1964-65: Becomes Jaycees chapter president – the year the chapter is named the worlds most outstanding.
  • 1968: Manages two successful campaigns: the United Fund drive and Richardson Preyer’s first bid for Congress.
  • Jan 18, 1969: Marries Susan Thomas in Charleston, West Virginia.
  • 1969: Elected to Greensboro City Council. He ran on a single issue – ‘Greensboro Stinks!’ - referring to the inadequate sewage-treatment facilities that he wanted to replace.
  • 1971: Council elects Melvin mayor; holds this office until 1981.
  • 1972: City charter changed to allow voters to choose the mayor.
  • 1973: In his first election for mayor, Melvin gets 27,171 votes; his opponent: 1,261.
  • 1978: Becomes chairman and CEO of 1st Home Federal Savings and Loan Association, the state’s largest S&L.
  • 1980: After the verdicts in the criminal trial for six Klansmen and Neo-Nazis for murder of five demonstrators in November 1979, Melvin is interviewed on ABC News’s Nightline show with Ted Koppel. Greensboro Daily News published a series on Greensboro leadership and named Melvin the most influential man in Greensboro.
  • Feb 1982: Dedication of Melvin Municipal Building announced.
  • May 1982: Melvin receives the Greensboro Inter-Club Council's ``Outstanding Civic Leader Award''.
  • March 1983: Greensboro Development Corporation is incorporated with Melvin as the president and Roger Soles, of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co, as chairman. The GDC’s mission was to promote investment and improvements in the city and to function as a power center. Only the top executives of Greensboro companies are invited to join.
  • June 1993: 1st Home Federal Savings and Loan the 79-year-old Greensboro institution liquidates by selling off its parts to four different buyers.
  • June 1993: Gov. Jim Hunt appoints Melvin a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also is on the boards of trustees of Greensboro and Bennett colleges.
  • 1996: Melvin becomes the first president and CEO of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation for Enrichment of Greater Greensboro.
  • 1998: Organizes a group of community people interested in purchasing the Greensboro Bats from William Collins III of Northern Virginia.
  • 2001: Melvin participates in the groundbreaking for the Kathleen Price Bryan YMCA. The Bryan Foundation contributed $1.5 million toward buying the site and $1 million toward construction.
  • 2004: Melvin is the lead fund-raiser for the Elon University's law school, helping raise $10 million in six months.
  • 2005: The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce presents Melvin and Leo Lambert, Elon's president with the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award for their effort in helping bring Elon University's law school to downtown Greensboro.
  • Nov 2010: Received the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Also see:
N&R archive for September 1, 2002 story by Tom Steadman, Staff Writer, titled: Often criticized, always passionate; Two decades after his record term as mayor, Jim Melvin is still the eye of the storm in his hometown.

Klan/Nazi timeline

Greensboro Baseball Stadium

Sources: News & Record archive; Once Upon a City, By Howard E. Covington, Jr.

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