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Feb. 28, 2013
 
HCC Leadership Institute holds Presidents' Roundtable
 
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Leadership Institute participants were treated to a presidents’ roundtable on Feb. 8. The session featured discussion on “The Chocolate Truth: An Anthology of Perspectives from Community College CEOs.” Dr. Helen Benjamin, chancellor of Contra Costa Community College District in Martinez, Calif., was the featured speaker.

Benjamin explained that the book’s original focus was on the needs of African-American leaders and presidents. African-American community college chief executive officers and senior managers were asked to make submissions so the book reflects their individual stories and experiences in their own words. Benjamin added that the book transcends race because any president may deal with the same issues as another.

Roundtable panelists included:
  • Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md.
  • Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., president of Halifax Community College in Weldon, N.C.
  • Dr. Harold E. Mitchell, interim president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, N.C.
  • Dr. Lawrence Rouse, president of James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, N.C.
When asked what they hoped the participants took away from the day’s institute, the presidents responded. “I hope they know what the presidency is like on community college campuses. I hope they understand that we are community workers and that we are trying to enhance the lives of people in our communities and it’s a challenge to do that,” said Mitchell.

Rouse added, “I hope they got a sense of what presidents face in their day-to-day leadership roles. Hopefully, they have decided that that’s a role they want to play within their communities and they’ve also got some survival skills for leadership.”

“The fact is that these jobs, while they are difficult, are certainly most rewarding. We get to do, in this capacity, what we say we want to do and that is to give back and to serve people. What better thing can you do than serve people who want to be successful—they want to know that people will support and nurture them—and then to know that we had a hand in that. I hope that they learned that leadership can be learned, but it is about teamwork and cooperation and collaboration and making the right decisions,” noted Dukes.

"I was very pleased that the members of the HCC Leadership Institute would have the opportunity to meet with such a distinguished panel of my colleagues. One of our goals for the institute is to provide outstanding community college educators from around the country to enhance the ability of our staff to deal with all types of challenges related to student learning and success. I was quite pleased with the ‘real talk’ discussion around the book The Chocolate Truth - An Anthology of Perspectives from Community College CEOs. It was quite revealing and I learned some new things that I can use to be more effective at HCC also," added Griffin.

About the HCC Leadership Institute
Nehemiah—The Leadership Company kicked off the HCC Leadership Institute in May 2012. Dr. Donny Hunter, president and CEO of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees and president of National Search & Education Consulting presented during the September session. North Carolina Community College System President Dr. Scott Ralls visited with the institute participants on Oct. 12. Dr. George Vaughan, president emeritus of Piedmont Virginia Community College and professor emeritus of higher education at North Carolina State University, visited the institute on Nov. 16. Nehemiah—The Leadership Company visited for a second time with the institute participants on Dec. 7.

The institute is a year-long leadership program for the College’s employees. It is limited to 25 participants and features individual professional development and team-building activities. The institute includes a series of professional seminars and interactive sessions presented by local and state leaders in higher education. The institute is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
HCC Leadership Institute holds Presidents’ Roundtable
Pictured are, from left, Dr. Harold E. Mitchell, interim president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Sherida Gholston, leadership coordinator, Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, Dr. Lawrence Rouse, president of James Sprunt Community College and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., president of Halifax Community College.
 
Pictured are, from left, Dr. Harold E. Mitchell, interim president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Sherida Gholston, leadership coordinator, Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, Dr. Lawrence Rouse, president of James Sprunt Community College and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., president of Halifax Community College.
Pictured are, front row, Dr. Harold Mitchell, Dr. Lawrence Rouse, Dr. Charlene Dukes and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.; second row, Iris Johnson, Bernard Washington, Cindy Collins, B.T. Brown, Wynette Richardson, Antonio Squire, Dr. Dianne Rhoades and Marie Daniel-Sivels; third row, Marcus Lewis, Sherida Gholston, Dr. Adriane Leche, Dan Lovett, Walter Goode, Jennifer Jones and Teresa Mayle; top row, George Holley, Hunter Taylor, Dr. Kevin Kupietz, Kelly Harvey, Bob Lufkin, Dr. Barbara Bradley Hasty, Debbie Smith and Laura Cobb.  
 
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