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When I became president of the North Carolina Community College System in May of 2018, I initially didn’t think I would be able to visit all 58 of our colleges my first year. But I visited a few colleges, and then more invitations came in. The next thing I knew, it became an important goal to show we are 58 strong.

I love every nook and cranny of our state, so these visits were a joy. Quite frankly, I learn more from visiting places like Murphy, Jamestown, and Weldon, than I do in Raleigh. Listening to college presidents, faculty, staff, and especially our students – seeing their abilities, passion, and commitment to community colleges – was an unbelievable experience. I learned a lot about our signature education programs, the challenges our students face, and what makes our colleges so effective.

We have a wonderful community college system serving 700,000 North Carolinians annually offering hope, opportunity, and jobs. I’m proud and privileged to be a small part of it.

Peter Hans

Peter Hans became the ninth president of the North Carolina Community College System on May 1, 2018, bringing decades of leadership experience in higher education policy and governance to the position. Hans has been a leader on North Carolina’s two governing boards for higher education. He served six years on the State Board of Community Colleges and 12 on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.