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Dec. 16, 2013
HCC Leadership Institute session held on Dec. 13
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) held a session of the HCC Leadership Institute on Dec. 13. During the session, Kennon Briggs discussed the topic, "Leadership in Budgeting," which focused on what a budget is, budget preparation, leadership in budget management, leadership in budget administration, the role of the leader and his personal budget leadership experiences.

Briggs retired Dec. 31, 2012, from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), having served from 2008-12 as executive vice president and chief of staff for system president R. Scott Ralls. He is currently a trustee on the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina- Asheville (UNC-A) where he chairs the athletics committee and is a member of both the National Parents Council and Circle of Champions Fund at UNC-A. He is vice chair of the finance committee and the educational endowment fund at St. Francis United Methodist Church, where he also serves as an usher and communion assistant.

Briggs provides consultation services to both community colleges and universities in such areas as leadership in budgeting, policy prioritization, outsourcing and shared services, institutional reorganization, accountability and performance systems, functional consolidations and advocacy. He is an advisor to a start-up technology company in Durham N.C., "Upswing," an online, real-time tutoring and coaching service for high school and college students.

Briggs’ previous employment demonstrates a career of increasing levels of budget, policy and management responsibilities in state and local government including vice president of business and finance – NCCCS (1997-2008); senior budget analyst in higher education for the NCCCS and the University of North Carolina System in the Office of State Budget & Management/Office of the Governor (1986-97); and, county manager of Yadkin County (1982-86) and Jones County (1981-82).

Particular areas of professional expertise include development and advocacy of public policy in higher education, development and analysis of higher education budgets, legislative advocacy for expanded funding, management during periods of fiscal austerity, development of "human capital" by building professional staffs, working with legislative bodies and their staffs, local boards of trustees and governors, and making presentations as far ranging as guest lecturer, commencement speaker, lay speaker and youth sports coach. He has focused expertise in areas related to accountability and performance management, student financial aid, budget modeling and general obligation bonds.

Honors and recognitions include the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – State of North Carolina (2012), State Employees’ Credit Union Certificate of Appreciation (2004), Barry K. Sanders Award as the Outstanding Fiscal Officer in North Carolina State Government (2001), CCBO Outstanding Community College Business Officer of the Year for Region 11 (1998), Mission Service Award (Methodist Church of the Eastern District of North Carolina-1996), Citizen of the Year (Yadkin County, North Carolina-1986) and the Edwin M. Gill Award of the UNC School of Government -County Administration Program (1982). He and his family are avid distance runners.

Briggs holds a Bachelor of Arts (1978) and Master of Public Administration (1980) from North Carolina State University. He completed post-graduate study at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in the School of Government (1982-84).

About the HCC Leadership Institute
The Institute was established in May 2012 under the direction of HCC President/CEO Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and Sherida Gholston, leadership coordinator. The Institute consists of 25 administrators, faculty and staff. Guest speakers who participate in the Institute come from all walks of life. Many have years of experience working in higher education. The goal of the Institute is for participants to seek to obtain the knowledge and training that is necessary to become effective leaders within the community college system and beyond. Institute events are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.

To learn more information about Halifax Community College’s Leadership Institute, visit www.halifaxcc.edu/LeadershipInstitute/.
Halifax Community College (HCC) held a session of the HCC Leadership Institute on Dec. 13. Pictured are, front row from left, Darlene Perry, Sherida Gholston, Angela Randolph, Eugene Tinklepaugh, Doris Garner, Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer, Antonio Squire, Allisha Hicks, Marc Finney, Terry Jones, Charlotte Richardson and Dana Scott; back row from left, Michael Earl, Dan Lovett, Jerry Thompson, Stephanie Stripling, Lamont Sparrow, Stephanie Terry, guest speaker Kennon Briggs, Johnnie Rascoe Jr. and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.
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