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Heisey Is New VP of Administrative Services

Donald HeiseyWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College President G. Dennis Massey announced this month that college administrators have selected Donald Heisey to take over as vice president of administrative services when Susan Everett retires later this year.

Heisey, a Seven Springs resident who was hired as PCC’s human resources director in October, will move into his new role Sept. 1 and work alongside Everett until her retirement at the end of the month.

"After serving as human resources director under Vice President Susan Everett for almost a year, I believe Donald Heisey will transition smoothly into this important senior management position, bringing his extensive private sector experience in cost and program efficiencies to the challenging budget environment Pitt Community College faces now and in the future,” Massey said. “Donald was chosen from a very talented group of finalists for this important position, and I am confident that he will be a vital part of our senior staff team."

As one of four PCC vice presidents, the 54-year-old Heisey will be tasked with overseeing the college’s human resources, facilities services and information systems departments in addition to campus police, capital planning, construction projects, and internal FTE auditing.

“I am excited and appreciative of the opportunity presented to me,” Heisey said. “Susan Everett is a tough act to follow. She’s done an outstanding job for PCC and has done so with grace, passion, compassion and technical expertise. 

“And while she certainly leaves big shoes to fill, I do think I can bring some skills and abilities into this role that will serve both the position and the college well.”

A Pennsylvania native, Heisey earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Slippery Rock University in 1979. More recently, he has completed certificate programs in strategic human resources management, employee relations, executive management and labor relations through Cornell University.

Heisey’s professional background includes 30 years of human resources management experience. Prior to joining Pitt, he spent 18 years as vice president of human resources and administration with Dopaco, Inc., a leading fast food packaging manufacturer with production facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

PCC is Heisey’s first experience with working in an academic environment, and he says the switch to higher education from the private sector has suited him well.

“I have found it very refreshing, interesting and rewarding,” he said. “The employees at PCC have been great to work with. They are committed to creating an educational environment in support of the students and academic programs.”

Looking ahead to his new role at Pitt, Heisey said he welcomes the wide range of responsibilities he will have as vice president of administrative services.

“The variety of work, people, data, technology, construction, maintenance and repair, security, safety and internal controls I will be responsible for overseeing are all areas I find comfortable and just feel right for me,” he said.