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Apr. 14, 2016
Halifax Community College – American Association of Community Colleges 2016 Advancing Diversity Award Winner
WELDON, N.C. – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annually recognizes community colleges nationwide for significant contributions in the areas of emerging leadership, student success, faculty innovation, college/corporate partnerships, advancing diversity, exemplary CEO/Board relationships, and safety planning and leadership. All applications were reviewed and selected by a special committee comprised of the AACC Board of Directors. Over 1200 community colleges are eligible to compete for the prestigious awards from AACC.

Halifax Community College (HCC) was awarded the 2016 AACC Advancing Diversity Award at the 96th annual convention recently held in Chicago, Illinois. The Advancing Diversity Award recognizes colleges that have contributed significantly and over a sustained period of time to advancing diversity in community college leadership, the community, and within higher education. HCC's President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., and Board Chair, Michael Felt were present to receive the award on behalf of HCC and the Roanoke Valley Region.

HCC's Board Chair Michael Felt noted, "President Griffin and the Board of Trustees have made considerable changes to both the educational and cultural environment of HCC and throughout the region. The national recognition of those positive changes by the American Association of Community Colleges validates the importance of advancing diversity in the teaching and learning environment at HCC."

HCC's President Griffin was elated to receive the award for the campus community and region. "I believe that AACC Advancing Diversity award is for the entire campus community and all of our regional partners. The entire campus community has participated in all of our activities and that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to increasing diversity within the college and the greater Roanoke Valley region we serve".

The AACC brochure pointed out that "HCC has significantly energized its educational and cultural offerings throughout the service region by investing $250,000 in unique one-of-a-kind diversity and multicultural programs over the past five years. HCC was the first community college in North Carolina to forge a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to host an African American Stamp Dedication event, profiling prominent African Americans who have made important contributions to society," said President Griffin.

The American Association of Community Colleges created its Awards of Excellence program to celebrate the truly extraordinary-often visionary-work being done at community colleges. These are models that serve as exemplars of reimagining institutions-not as they are but as they can and should be.

Chairman Felt and President Griffin both agree, "This is a very prestigious honor for Halifax Community College and the Roanoke Valley Region. We are thrilled that HCC's educational and cultural programming activities may serve as a model for other community colleges around the country. We were ecstatic to receive this award on behalf of our trustees, students, faculty, staff, administration, and the citizens of the Roanoke Valley region". President Griffin will officially present the AACC Advancing Diversity Award to the Board of Trustees at its annual board retreat on April 26, 2016.
From left to right is David Pluviose, Executive Editor of the Diverse Issues In Higher Education Magazine, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Chair of the AACC Board of Directors and President of Prince George's Community College in Maryland, Michael Felt, Chair of the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees, and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., President/CEO of Halifax Community College, Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges.
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.
Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239