College Thanks Supporters, Honors Alumni
President's Reception Marks Conclusion of PCC's 50th Anniversary Celebration
GREENVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation held its annual President's Reception at Rock Springs Center Nov. 18 to thank donors, recognize outstanding alumni, and celebrate its recent accomplishments and service to the college.
The reception, which also marked the conclusion of PCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration, featured a historical presentation on the school's four presidents – Lloyd Spaulding (May 1962-August 1964), Dr. William E. Fulford (September 1964-January 1984), Dr. Charles Russell (January 1984-August 2003) and Dr. G. Dennis Massey (August 2003-present). Special gifts were presented to the families of each president during the program.
In addition to President Massey’s annual "Report to the Community," the PCC Alumni Association recognized several alums for outstanding achievement and service in a profession, civic group, community affairs, and/or in service to the college.
John O. Moore was announced as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient while Taheera Blount, Cindy Hinton and Karen Spruill received Outstanding Alumni Award honors. Krissy Johnson was named the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumni recipient.
A 1972 Agricultural Chemistry graduate, Moore has had an extensive broadcasting and marketing career that has made him a fixture in Eastern North Carolina. A Farmville native, he is the spokesman for Greenville Toyota, host of WNCT FM’s “Saturday Night Sock Hop,” and co-host of UNC-TV’s “Carolina Outdoor Journal.”
Moore, who worked as PCC’s community relations coordinator from 1995 to 2009, also served in the N.C. National Guard and is a Gulf War veteran, having earned the Army Achievement and Army Accommodation medals.
Moore’s community service achievements are also impressive. He is a Farmville Town Commissioner and has served on numerous community and church boards, including the Pitt County Council on Aging, the Farmville Child Development Center Board of Directors, and the Pitt County Shrine Club. He also helped establish the Summer Moore Development Center for Cerebral Palsy in Greenville in memory of his daughter.
Blount, who works as a school counselor at Riverside High School in Durham, graduated from PCC in 2000 with a degree in Human Services Technology (HST). She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Barton College before earning a master’s in School Counseling from N.C. Central University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education at N.C. State University.
“… My accomplishments prove that (PCC) has educated and empowered me for success,” Blount said. “I am proud to be an alumnus of Pitt Community College.”
Also an HST graduate, Hinton received her associate degree from Pitt in 1982. She transferred to East Carolina University and received a bachelor’s in Psychology in 1986 and later earned a master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2001.
An employee assistance counselor at Greenville’s University Health Systems, Hinton helps fellow employees work through personal and professional challenges, including family troubles, stress, mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
Spruill graduated from Pitt in 1996 with an Early Childhood Associate degree. She later earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Child Development and Family Relations from ECU in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
Spruill is the owner and executive director of Greenville’s Carolina Support Services, Inc., which provides support to children diagnosed with mental health and developmental disorders.
“(Karen’s) history of supporting children and families is an inspiration to current students,” ECU Professor Cynthia Johnson wrote in nominating Spruill for her award. “We often share success stories of alums with students and Karen’s story is one to be shared frequently. She has done so much in such a short period of time … .”
During her PCC enrollment, Johnson served as Student Government Association president for two years. She received an HST degree in 2003 and another degree in University Transfer in 2004.
After graduating from PCC, Johnson completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at ECU in 2006 and a master’s in the field a year later. She is now a social worker at the Harnett County Department of Social Services and also teaches at Campbell University as an adjunct professor.
“(Krissy) is an exceptional individual with a big heart, keen analytical skills, and passion for Pitt Community College,” said Dr. Ray Taylor, PCC’s HST Department Chair. “Krissy is grounded in knowledge of herself, and she has a strong desire to help others. She will continue to be an outstanding alumnus of Pitt Community College.”