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J. Paul Davenport Named Trustees Chairman

J. Paul DavenportWINTERVILLE—J. Paul Davenport, a retired military officer and local businessman, has been named chairman of the Pitt Community College Board of Trustees.

Davenport, a Pactolus resident, has served on the college’s governing board since he was appointed by Pitt County Commissioners in 2005. His current term runs through June 30, 2013.

He was elected chairman during the board's May meeting and assumed the role July 1.

A 1961 East Carolina University business education graduate, Davenport says serving as a trustee is an important way for him to give back to the community and help PCC continue to grow. He says his role as chairman is to ensure trustees meet their objectives for 2011-12 and beyond.

Aiding with that endeavor is what Davenport considers PCC’s greatest strength – its employees. Davenport says strong leadership from President G. Dennis Massey and the college’s four vice presidents combine with “excellent support from faculty and staff” to produce a quality product.

By Davenport’s estimation, PCC’s greatest challenge in the years ahead is funding.

“It can often be difficult in today’s economic environment to obtain the funds necessary to operate efficiently, particularly when you consider our present rate of enrollment growth,” he said. “That said, we must continue to ensure that we produce graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need in order to enter the workforce and be successful.”

PCC’s newest trustees chairman is confident the college will continue to play a key role in developing a skilled workforce in the state.

“With continued support from Pitt County Commissioners and the State Legislature, hard work from faculty, staff and students—which I know we will get—PCC will meet the challenges ahead and continue to be recognized as one of the top community colleges in North Carolina,” Davenport said.

Before retiring from the U.S. Air Force with 22 years of service, Davenport achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. His career experience also includes 22 years as secretary and treasurer of J.P. Davenport and Son and 25 years filling the same roles for Davenport Farms.

The 74-year-old Davenport and his wife, Diana, have two children and four grandchildren.