I’d like to share a few words of reflection as I conclude my service as the president of the North Carolina Community College System.
As I visited each of the “Great 58” North Carolina community colleges during my first year as president, I took in the similarities and uniqueness of each college. Just as each of us has a distinctive style, so does each of our community colleges.
What they share — and what we share — is a commitment to excellence, expansion of opportunity, and a belief that we hold North Carolina’s future in our hands. Because of our collective work, the future of the system shines bright.
A few noteworthy milestones during my tenure:
- Historic budget support for the North Carolina Community College System.
- Increase in Fall 2021 enrollment despite the national trend of continued enrollment decline.
- Received multi-million-dollar grants to support apprenticeship, adult learners, minority students, and other key student populations.
- Assembled a senior team reflecting a historic level of diversity.
As a man of faith, I believe I was commissioned to do a job at the North Carolina Community College System at this specific time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
The past year and a half was my season, and working alongside the presidents, trustees, State Board, and our passionate, talented staff was truly my purpose under heaven. As I go forward into what God has for me next, I will be better for having had this experience.
In closing, I find peace in the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”