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After Nearly 45 Years at PCC, Hemby Retires

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's Institutional Advancement Division held a reception for Gene Hemby this month to celebrate his retirement from the college after nearly 45 years of service.

Hemby, a Greenville native, retired from full-time duty with Pitt in 1998 before returning in 1999 to work part-time with the school’s Tech Prep program. He also organized co-op work experiences and apprenticeships before moving into an advisory role with the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program. His most recent role involved helping organize fundraising events for the PCC Foundation.

“Gene Hemby has been a loyal ambassador of Pitt Community College for nearly as long as the school has been open,” said Susan Nobles, Vice President of PCC’s Institutional Advancement Division. “Throughout his remarkable career with the college, which spans all or part of six different decades, Gene has proven himself to be passionate about assisting students with the development of their college and career plans.

“For the past 10 years, he has been a creative and enthusiastic team member of the PCC Foundation and has played a key role in the success of our fundraising events during that time.”

A graduate of J.H. Rose High School, Lenoir Community College and East Carolina University, Hemby began working at PCC in 1967—six years after the college was founded—as a machine shop instructor. He eventually became the machining program’s department chair before moving into the role of Tech Prep director in 1995.

Hemby’s PCC service also includes various recruiting efforts and a couple of stints as the school’s intercollegiate golf coach. In 1993, he wrote and received a grant to develop the N.C. Community College VoCATS model for automotive, radiology and medical assisting programs.

In 2001, Hemby’s friends and family established the Gene Hemby Endowed Scholarship. The award is presented annually to a student enrolled in a PCC technical program.

Married to the former Marsha Perkins, the Hembys have two children, Gene Jr. and Jenny. Marsha Hemby also taught at Pitt from 1998 until she retired as the medical assisting program’s department chair in 2009.