Board Honors Bridgers for Years of Service
Disability Services Director Retires After Nearly 32 Years with PCC
WINTERVILLE—During their Aug. 23 meeting, Pitt Community College Trustees honored long-time employee Michael Bridgers for his many years of service to the college.
Bridgers, who officially retired Aug. 29, worked at the college for nearly 32 years, serving under three of the school’s four presidents—William E. Fulford, Charles Russell and G. Dennis Massey—during that span. He began his Pitt career in 1980 as a counselor with the Student Support Services (or TRIO) Program and also taught industrial management courses at night.
The Oak City native moved on to become TRIO’s assistant director and then director before taking over as coordinator of the college’s disability services program in 1992. Bridgers said he trained for six years to become certified by the Association on Handicapped Student Service Programs in Post-Secondary Education to work in disability services.
He ultimately became director of disability services at PCC and filled that role for more than 19 years before announcing his retirement.
Looking back, Bridgers says he is grateful for the opportunity to have served PCC students in four different decades, adding that he worked “with some wonderful teachers and staff members” and learned from each of them.
“But most of all,” he said, “I am thankful to Pitt for being a place where I could commit my time and energies to enhancing opportunities for students with disabilities in post-secondary education.”