As published in the February 28, 2019 edition of the Duplin Times.
The Board of Trustees are well on their way in their quest to find a new president for the college. The Board hosted community forums this month in which the final candidates were able to speak to faculty, staff, students, and community members. The forums drew large crowds and individuals were asked to submit feedback to the Board, as they work hard to make a final decision.
The four candidates are Dr. Robert (Bob) Lowdermilk, vice president of student development at Rockingham Community College; Dr. Deborah Grimes, senior vice president of instruction and student services at Lenior Community College; Dr. Jimmy (Jay) Carraway, vice president of continuing education at Lenior Community College; and Dr. Shannon Kennedy, executive vice president at Cleveland Community College.
As Anita Powers, the Chair of the Board of Trustees has stated, all four candidates have a proven track record of leadership, and any one of them can carry forward the mission of James Sprunt by serving students, providing a quality education, and assisting with economic development for Duplin County.
We ask for your support of the Board of Trustees as they work to make their final decision, and then we ask that you continue to show your support for James Sprunt Community College and its next chosen leader.
We thank all those who have attended the community forums, given input and feedback, in the search for the next President. We also thank the Board of Trustees for working tirelessly to find the right person for the job.
As the next leader is being chosen, James Sprunt will “roll on” as the band Alabama would say. “Roll On Eighteen Wheeler” is what we will be saying out at the WestPark Campus in Warsaw, as we hope to be starting our CDL training program soon, with the help and assistance of another community college, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. We know how important this training program is to Agribusinesses in Duplin County and the surrounding community, and we are working hard to get this program rolled out as soon as possible. If you are interested in this program, please stay tuned! More information will be forth coming in the next few weeks.
Looking farther out, on March 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., James Sprunt Community College, along with NC Works Career Center of Duplin County, will be hosting our annual job fair. With so much success in the past, this event will be held in the main arena of the Duplin Events Center this year. We are so excited to hold this event in this space, as it will allow for more employers to attend. If you have not already done so, please get your resumes ready and be sure to dress to impress so that you can land the job of your dreams. If you are an employer and you are looking to hire in the coming weeks and months, please go ahead and reserve a table. We would love to have you be a part of helping those in Eastern North Carolina get back to work or move up the corporate ladder. The job fair will be open to the general public and all are invited to attend.
Shortly after graduation this year, we will be hosting our second 5K race. The James Sprunt Mustache 5K Dash and Fun Run will be held on May 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The event promises to be an evening of good family fun, and we hope that you will go ahead and mark this date on the calendar, and join us as we come together to raise money for student scholarships.
Speaking of scholarships, if you are planning to attend James Sprunt Community College in the Fall, or if your child is planning to attend, please be sure to go ahead and fill out our applications for scholarships available through the James Sprunt Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 15, and that day will be here before you know it. We love to give out scholarships to deserving students – but if you do not apply – you will miss the chance to receive. Applications are available on our website. Also, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to fill out your FAFSA (student aid application) to see if you qualify for financial aid at James Sprunt. Pell grants are available for the summer semester, as well as fall and spring. You don’t know what you may qualify for until you try. If you need assistance, please give us a call or stop by, someone will be more than willing to help you.
If you do not qualify for financial aid, there are still other resources available that may help you through our Single Stop office. Please don’t let any barrier stop you from achieving your dream. We are here to help you and we will exhaust every possibility so that you can reach your goals.
And don’t forget – James Sprunt Community College offers free transportation in partnership with Duplin County Transportation. Save your gas money for more important things and ride the bus. There are bus stops located all around the county, making it easier and more convenient for you to get to class and earn your degree.
Also starting soon will be our Growing Your Agribusiness program offered through the Small Business Center. This program has been made possible through the Project Skill-Up grant from the North Carolina Community College System and the Tobacco Trust Fund. Growing Your Agribusiness will offer a track focused on livestock. Classes begin March 12 and will run through May. For more information on this, please see the advertisement below.
As I said earlier, great things are happening at James Sprunt Community College. Please come be a part of this amazing college that is ranked #1 in North Carolina and #2 in the United States, by smartasset.com.
We are your college and we wish to service this community by being your bridge to success!
Dr. Kenneth Boham / Interim President, James Sprunt Community College