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HCC PRESIDENT HONORED BY LOCAL CHURCH

Halifax Community College President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. was presented a distinguished service award from London Missionary Baptist Church, Feb. 16 during the Black History Observance, “A Moment In Time: Past and Present.” The honor was given in recognition of Griffin's exceptional leadership and devoted service to the Roanoke Valley community.

“Dedication to service and to our communities is a duty all of us should take seriously, but for those that God has given so much, an equal amount of service is required,” said Griffin in response to the award.

Griffin explained that if he could attain his educational goals, so could today's young students. Coming from a family where his father attended school through the third grade, his mother was a high school graduate and he lived in a four-room house with eight other siblings, Griffin was the first in his family to graduate from college and earn a doctorate from Virginia Tech.

“I am sure that I am not the first person that God has put together the purpose and passion and grew them into the opportunity to carry out what he wants me to do while on this earth. I believe what I am doing is my ministry,” said Griffin.