Living Dr. Dallas Herring’s Vision Every Day

Dr. Carraway’s column, as published in the September 24th edition of The Duplin Times.

You may have once heard this famous quote, spoken centuries ago by Sir William Wallace,  “every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” One man that will truly live forever in our hearts and minds, especially here in Duplin County and throughout North Carolina, is Dr. Dallas W. Herring. Dr. Herring was born and raised in Rose Hill, he was a Duplin County native whose ideas were not limited to county lines. He was an inspiration to leaders – past, present, and future. He was a visionary in preparing North Carolina for the future needs of healthcare, construction, technology, and other industry training. He was a champion for technical education and a fighter for expanding opportunities for all North Carolinians.   

Dr. Herring was surprised at the success of the community college system, and he often said it was because the colleges spoke to the needs of the people and started as a grassroots effort.

His forward-thinking approach to education has helped reach millions throughout North Carolina. That is why he is known as the “Father of the North Carolina Community College System.” The work he did in establishing early technical institutes, which later became community colleges, provided essential training for those who may have never otherwise walked through the doors of a college.

The only valid philosophy for North Carolina, Dr. Herring would say, “is the philosophy of total education; a belief in the incomparable worth of all human beings. … We must take people where they are and carry them as far as they can go.”

Dr. Herring believed the strength of community colleges is that people were afforded an opportunity they had never been offered before.

He would often say, “If they cannot read, then we will teach them to read. If they did not finish high school, then we will offer (it) at a time and in a place convenient to them and at a price within their reach. If their talent is technical or vocational, then we will offer them instruction, whatever the field, that will provide them with the knowledge and the skill they can sell in the marketplaces of our state, and thereby contribute to its scientific and industrial growth. If their needs are in liberal education, then we will provide them instruction which will enable them to go on to the university or senior college and on into life. If their needs are for cultural achievement, intellectual growth, or civic understanding, then we will make available to them the wisdom of the ages and the enlightenment of our times and help them to maturity.”

Dr. Herring believed it was okay to teach auto mechanics next to an English class, and that community colleges should be a friendly place and that no student, regardless of race, creed, color, or age should feel unwelcome. He believed in creating equal opportunity for all people, whether they wanted to become a carpenter, a teacher, a doctor, or a salesperson, saying,  “That’s the goal, that’s what it should be. Recognize the right of people to have a different life, as long as it’s decent and it’s constructive, why look down on someone because they don’t do what students at the university can do.”

He had an appreciation for those who worked in trades and said that we should admire the work that they do. He owned a casket factory in Rose Hill and understood the need for craftsmen.

“We are too quick to judge people who are not equal to us in our abilities,” Dr. Herring once said. “Many, many thousands of people are more capable than I am in many things. I think a man that can lay a brick wall, and it be straight, that is a wonderful achievement. I don’t think that society pays enough attention to expressing the quality of work.”

Born in 1916, Dr. Herring understood the lack of opportunity that existed in North Carolina. It is his belief that the North Carolina Community College System has helped to lift the state out of the poverty that citizens, such as himself, once knew.

Dr. Herring was eager to lead North Carolina to higher ground and progress to higher achievement.

If you look around, I believe Dr. Herring accomplished his mission.

North Carolina’s Community College System is now the third-largest body of education in the United States. What started as a handful of technical institutes offering trade classes, has grown to a state-of-the-art education system, driving economic development and growth. The NCCCS has changed the trajectory of Duplin County and North Carolina.

Imagine what Duplin County would be like without trained medical professionals, diesel mechanics, computer technicians, graphic designers, barbers and cosmetologists, electricians, or welders. We take for granted those people who serve us every day, directly and indirectly, many of which were trained at a community college.

James Sprunt Community College continues to grow each semester and continues to expand its training, offering more opportunities for students to obtain degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as engage in short-term workforce courses to earn post-secondary credentials. It all started with Dallas Herring’s vision – and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his service, his leadership, and his courage to not accept the status quo when it came to education.

Dr. Herring made history and he made Duplin County proud. He is a man whose memory will never die, but will forever live on throughout the State of North Carolina and the world. 

– Dr. Jay Carraway, President, James Sprunt Community College


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Transfer admissions counselors from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be hosting a virtual zoom event Monday, September 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to speak one-on-one with students.

Students at James Sprunt will be able to “Apply on the Fly” to UNCW during this time, and counselors will be able to assist students with completing their application to online, accept official transcripts, and answer all questions about the admissions process.

The application fee will be waived for students who submit their application during the “Apply on the Fly” event on September 28, which is an $80 savings, making it a great opportunity for students seeking to attend UNCW to move forward with the admissions process.

Students are encouraged to complete the following prior to attending Apply on the Fly:

• Create account
• Create account
• Submit all transcripts to
• Residency Certification Number (RCN) from RDS• For in-state tuition, complete residency determination at

Space is limited and students must pre-register for this event. The zoom event can host up to 25 students.

Those interested in attending the virtual Apply on the Fly event with UNCW can register here:


For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, Director of Marketing and Public Information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA –  Students at James Sprunt Community College will be able to fast-forward into 2021 by taking accelerated 5-week classes over the holidays to earn credit towards their degrees.

The completely online, “Fast Forward” classes will begin December 4 and end December 31. These classes will allow students the opportunity to save money, earn college credit, and get ahead over the holidays. All classes offered will transfer to colleges in the UNC System.

The following classes will be offered:

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation
  • BUS 110 Introduction to Business
  • BUS 115 Business Law I
  • EDU 216 Foundations of Education
  • HIS 132 American History II
  • PSY 150 General Psychology
  • REL 211 Introduction to Old Testament
  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology

Registration is currently taking place and students can register for the above classes until December 4.

Registration is open to new and current students, as well as to those who are enrolled other colleges and universities that may be displaced by COVID-19 or who just want to take extra classes to transfer back to their home institution during the holidays.

Students are encouraged to register early to reserve their seat in the class.

Those interested can register from home or visit the JSCC campus in Kenansville by dropping by the Admissions Office located in the Strickland Building. To register from home, students can visit the “Steps to Register” page on the JSCC website at


For media-related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, Director of Marketing and Public Information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College celebrated Constitution Day 2020, social distancing style.

With a live streaming of a broadcast of a virtual student town hall with Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and also with a fun activity – a crossword puzzle and wordsearch –  in which students competed virtually to see who could finish the puzzles correctly and the fastest, students at James Sprunt had lots of opportunities to learn more about the United States Constitution.

The following students were deemed the winners of the Constitution Day contests by the Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor Tonda Clowney; SGA President, Landen Kennedy; and SGA Vice President, Juanito Hernandez. Each of these students will receive an awarded prize of $20.  

First Place – Lea Simmons  

Second Place – Yulisa Solis-Ayala

Third Place had two Winners –

Mollie Johnson

Molly Smith

Fourth Place – Ebony Aycock

Fifth Place – Charley Beddard

The faculty and staff also took part in the activities for “bragging rights” to see who could remember their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.  We have four winners to recognize: 

First Place – Norma Lennon, administrative assistant for curriculum programs

Second Place – Brian Jones, associate vice president of student services

Third Place – June Davis, executive vice president

Fourth Place – Ed Hudson, administrative assistant for vocational technical programs.

The SGA would like to thank all the students, faculty, and staff who participated in the Constitution Day Activities at James Sprunt. Even after the contest had ended, emails continued to pour in with completed puzzles. The SGA looks forward to hosting an another successful event in 2021.

About Constitution Day

Constitution Day (also referred to as Citizenship Day) is a United States federal observance that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and honors those who have become U.S. citizens by coming of age or naturalization.

It is observed annually on September 17. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the final version of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The law establishing the present holiday was enacted in 2004. On this day, all federal agencies and publicly funded educational establishments are required to provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or another holiday, its observation is moved to the closest weekday.


For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses. Learn more at