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May 24, 2016
HCC Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr.’s notice of retirement at its May board meeting
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on May 24 on campus for their monthly meeting.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. made special presentations to:
  • Jervetta Edmonds – Certificate of Achievement for High School Equivalency Credential
  • Terra Almendarez and Cynthia Edwards - HCC All-USA Community College Academic Team nominee
  • Cynthia Edwards - recognition as student representative on the HCC Board of Trustees
The trustee board approved the consent agenda which included approval of the minutes from the April 26, Piedmont Natural Gas permanent easement offer, write-off of uncollectable accounts receivable and presidential travel authorization.

Committee reports were given from the Finance committee on:
  • Closing of the HCC Child Care Center - the board approved closing the Child Care Center effective June 30, 2016. Approval was granted for Choanoke Area Development Association of N.C., Inc. (CADA) to operate a child care center in the former HCC child care facility.
  • Presidential Supplemental Compensation Annual Review – The Halifax Community College Board of Trustees, at its May 24 Meeting, formally presented its annual performance appraisal of Dr. Griffin. His overall evaluation continued at the highest possible “Exceeds” rating again this year. He was praised by the trustees not only for the objectives he completed at the College over the past year, but also the national acclaim national awards received and millions in grants the College received due his leadership and HCC staff’s efforts. At the same time, based on his exemplary evaluation and a number of other major objectives exceeded over the year, the Board chose to approve a conservative increase in his supplement. It should be noted that his supplement, even with the increase, doesn’t even rise to one-half of the average supplements of the other 57 community college presidents in North Carolina.
Chair’s comments included:
  • A draft resolution of the Board of Trustees of Halifax Community College requesting funding for a public access road from Halifax Community College SR1641 was requested and approved
  • Results of trustee self-evaluation and ways of addressing concerns was discussed
  • April’s Board of Trustee Retreat was very informative and successful retreat
  • Bylaws will be updated
  • President on the cover of Diverse Magazine – congratulations on such a great honor
Presidents Griffin’s comments included:
  • Advertising and graphic design students’ book covers are being submitted to the N.C. Community College System office
  • HCC recognizing three Career and College Promise Nurse Aide II students who complete their course on May 10. All three students are presently Roanoke Rapids High School students
  • HCC recognized six Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) graduates for the completion of course and successfully completing the state exam.
  • HCC Trio Student Support Services achievement program
  • HCC Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony honoring dental hygiene, nursing and medical laboratory technology graduates
  • Graduation of thirteen Human Resource Development certificates awarded at the Roanoke Valley Adult Day Center
  • Fourth HCC Leadership Development Institute graduation announced, May 25, 2016/li>
Presentations were also given by Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer, Vice President of Administrative Services Debra Smith, Vice President of Institutional Advancement /Executive Director of the HCC Foundation Dr. Dianne Rhoades and PRIDE/Title III Director Daniel Lovett.

Dr. Griffin addressed the board as he announced his plan to retire by first thanking the current Board of Trustees for their support of our College and carrying out the mission and purpose of Halifax Community. Griffin reflected on the editorial in the Daily Herald during the year of his start at HCC. He stated, “The editorial Our View that same Sunday in December, 2006 stated, ‘After months of turmoil and controversy….the atmosphere and attitude at HCC has changed perceptibly under the tenure of interim president Dr. Harold Mitchell. I will always be in Dr. Mitchell’s debt for his guidance and preparing the way for me.’ The editorial goes on to say, ‘The Board of Trustees deserves our applause for their candid attitude in searching for a new president. The trustees’ willingness to seek the public’s input on what type of leaders they believed the College needed, the fact they listened to what the public said and the openness of the selection process have done a great deal to restore our and the people’s faith in their guidance and ability.’ Dr. Edwards I appreciate your stellar leadership and direction during this time.

“Frank Avent, who was later my board chair, made the motion to offer me the presidency at Halifax Community College. Dr. Edwards called me when I was attending a board of directors meeting for St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia and I accepted the position. I have never regretted accepting the position and never applied for another presidency during my almost ten years at HCC. And there have been other opportunities but I felt that this is where God wanted me to be at this point in my life. And that feeling never left me. “I have a contract through June 30, 2017 and will not ask this board to approve another contract. I plan to retire from Halifax Community College on February 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This will give our Board of Trustees ample time to identify the fifth president of Halifax Community College.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Michael Felt, stated, “Dr. Griffin tendered his retirement notice to the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees today, effective February 1, 2017. Considering all the contributions he has made to Halifax Community College and all of the Halifax County, we reluctantly accepted his notice. The College atmosphere he walked into in 2006, when he took over the reins, was toxic and morale was low. He was quick to rebuild morale and trust, not only at the College but around the whole of our Halifax community. He will be greatly missed. One has only to look at the national awards and acclaim he has garnered as a testament to what he has achieved.

Our board has begun the process of gathering information and laying plans to search for and ultimately hire his replacement.”

The meeting was adjourned.
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., fourth president of Halifax Community College
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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