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June  11, 2013
HCC names building after founding president
WELDON, N.C. – On May 30, Building 100 at Halifax Community College (HCC) got a new name. During a ceremony, HCC officials made a presentation naming Building 100 the Dr. Phillip W. Taylor Complex after the College’s founding president. The ceremony was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).

Program participants included:
  • HCC Board of Trustees Chair Frank V. Avent III
  • Northampton County Board of Commissioners Chair Robert V. Carter
  • HCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Bernella W. DeLaMora
  • HCC Board of Trustees Past Chair and Member Dr. Stanley Edwards
  • NCCCS Policy Committee Member Representative Jimmie E. Ford
  • HCC President/CEO Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
  • Halifax County Board of Commissioners Chair James Pierce
  • HCC Founding President Dr. Phillip W. Taylor
About Dr. Phillip W. Taylor
Halifax Community College President, 1968 – 1988
Dr. Phillip Wynne Taylor became founding president of Halifax County Technical Institute (HCTI) on Feb. 1, 1968. He was a graduate of Aurelian Springs High School and N.C. State University. Taylor had previously worked at Lenoir County Community College as dean of adult education. He had also taught vocational agriculture in Northampton and Pitt counties.

As HCTI president, Taylor was provided an office in the Halifax County Civil Defense Building in Halifax to administer the establishment of the new school. As part of his duties, he first surveyed the local population to determine what educational programs should be offered. He also began hiring staff and faculty for the new school that was scheduled to open in the fall of 1968.

Taylor dedicated 20 years of his professional career to the development of HCC. Under his leadership, the school’s curriculum grew from two programs to 37. Its graduating students increased from 15 (in 1968) to almost 5,000 (for both GED and college degree programs). It went from only a concept of a school to a prospering community college.

Taylor still lives in the Roanoke Valley area.
HCC names building after founding president
Dr. Phillip W. Taylor, center, addresses the audience during the naming ceremony that was held on the Halifax Community College campus, May 30.
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239