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Apr. 28, 2016
HCC Board of Trustees presented awards during April meeting
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on April 26 at the Hampton Inn for their April meeting and a retreat.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the board with two awards.

President Griffin presented the Digital Community College Survey Award for 2016. HCC has been ranked in the top ten community colleges by the Digital Community Colleges survey for the past 5 years. This year the college achieved once of their highest ranking for community colleges that enroll up to 5000 students. HCC was ranked 6th in last year’s survey and moved up to 4th in the 2015-16 rankings.

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.

The trustee board approved the consent agenda which included approval of the minutes from the March 29 meeting and four day work week from May 30, 2016 through July 29, 2016.

Ray Whitby from the Office of the State Auditor reported no findings for the 2014-2015 fiscal year audit. Whitby noted great improvements from the prior year’s audit.

Some of Presidents Griffin’s comments included:
  • Medical Laboratory Technician Program of HCC awarded continuing accreditation through April 30, 2019 by NAACLS.
  • Land adjoining Halifax community College is for sale.
  • NAACE Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge Signing.
The retreat continued with presentations from President/CEO of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees, Dr. Donny Hunter and Halifax County Manager, Tony Brown.

Dr. Hunter gave updates on legislative issues facing NC Community Colleges. Hunter told the board that "everyone is on the board for a reason – you know people". We need you to call your representatives. He asked the board to call their die hard—killer friends to ask for support for community colleges. Hunter discussed the importance of community colleges and some of the many roles they play in the community. Hunter stated "when there is an accident on the highway, think of the roles individuals play; the first responder, the EMT, the police and the nurse are all trained by community colleges."

Tony Brown discussed issues facing Halifax County, the budget and how it affects Halifax Community College. Brown gave examples of agencies that have an effect on the county’s budget. He also gave the percentage of expenditures within the county budget. Brown stated that he knows the importance of the Halifax Community College and the county will do its best to assist. Brown was accompanied by the Chairman of Halifax Board of Commissioners, Vernon J. Bryant.

Presentations were also given by Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer, the Vice President of Administrative Services, Debra Smith, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement /Executive Director of the HCC Foundation, Dr. Dianne Rhoades, the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dr. Barbara Hasty, the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Dr. Warren Haynes and the Director of Title III Programs, Daniel Lovett.

The trustees agreed that the retreat was a success and the meeting was adjourned.
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HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the board with two awards including the AACC Advancing Diversity Award and the Digital Community Colleges Survey Award. Pictured are front row from left, trustees Cynthia Edwards, Michael Felt, board chair, Mary Mebane, vice chair; back row, John Smith, Deans Eatman, Sammy Webb, Rachel Hux, Ruel Solomon, Scott Richardson and Dr. Stanley Edwards
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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