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PCC Holds Employee Appreciation Event

Dr. Ray Taylor, left, received the 2012 Joseph E. Downing Teaching Award, while Gretchen Baugh was named the 2012 Ed and Joan Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award recipient.


WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements this month with the 29th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center.

During the program, which took place April 20, the college honored 15 retirees and presented a total of 73 service awards to employees with a combined 870 years of service, including Larry Dendy and Mary Daughtry with 35 years each and Joe Brittain with 30.

A number of special awards were also announced during the event, including the 2012 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award, which was presented to Gretchen Baugh.

As the college’s marketing specialist, Baugh primarily helps develop various print and digital advertisements to promote the school’s educational programs and services.

“I feel extremely blessed to work at Pitt Community College,” she said. “I am very fortunate to work with so many amazing people. God placed me in an environment in which I am continually learning and surrounded me with folks who nurture that process.

“It has always been a team effort here at PCC, and I think that’s what makes us great.”

A Greenville resident, Baugh began working at Pitt part-time in 2001. After stints with the college’s Business, Health Sciences, and Construction and Industrial Technology divisions, she joined the Institutional Advancement Division in 2004 and has been there ever since. She became a full-time employee in December 2009.

“Gretchen’s outstanding skills and versatility have made her an outstanding employee—an employee that everyone enjoys working with,” said Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Baugh was one of five Staff Excellence Award recipients this year along with Tytishia Davis, Susan Everett, Lynn McCormick and Jessica Sides.

Four instructors—Kelly Jones, Lynn Lee, Rusty Sugg and Dr. Ray Taylor—were presented with Faculty Excellence Awards. Out of the four, Taylor, who has served as chair of the Human Services Technology Department for nearly 11 years, was named the 2012 Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

“The highest calling in life is to create opportunities for individuals and communities to reach their fullest potential,” Taylor said. “Pitt Community College has afforded me the place to express my calling.

“The least expensive, yet enduring gift you can give individuals is to teach them something that will add worth and value to their personal, economic, and social well-being.”

A Goldsboro resident, Taylor began working at Pitt in 2001. As the Downing Award recipient, he will serve as the college’s nominee for the N.C. Community College System’s teaching excellence award later this year.

“(Ray) is a faculty leader who has for many years demonstrated excellence in teaching,” said Dr. Pamela Hilbert, PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs. “He receives rave reviews from students, who describe him as caring, insightful, and inspiring.”

A total of six employees—who have either retired or will soon retire—received The Order of Long Leaf Pine Award during the employee appreciation program. The honor, which is one of the highest North Carolina’s governor can bestow upon a citizen of the Tar Heel State, was presented to Michael Bridgers, Kathy Collins, Jenny Edwards, Sandra Hickman, Linwood Woodard and Brittain for contributing more than 30 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the State of North Carolina.