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Virginia Hardy Kicks Off Leadership Series

Dr. Virginia Hardy (center) takes time out for a group photo with representatives of the PCC Men's Resource Center: Kendrick Price, Derrick Hardy, Jasmin Spain, Nicholas Vick, Dr. Donald Spell and Bershuan Thompson, left to right. Hardy was the very first presenter of a new speaker series at the college that focuses on leadership and is intended to help PCC retain and recruit quality professionals.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Trustee Virginia Hardy helped the college kick off its new speaker series Sept. 18 by offering employees her views on leadership.

Hardy, a Pitt County native who serves as East Carolina University’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, highlighted 10 points about leadership, including the importance of honesty, flexibility, constant feedback and communication. She stressed communicating “the good, the bad and the ugly” with students and children, explaining that “reality influences progress.”

A member of the PCC Board of Trustees since 2008, Hardy said there are “Three I’s of Leadership:” integrity, inclusiveness and intentionality. She added that good leaders lead with collaboration in mind, noting “you don’t have to know everything to be a successful leader.”

Hardy encouraged each of the nearly 60 faculty and staff members in attendance to identify, recognize and discover his or her own leadership style, get comfortable with it, and develop it daily.

She also cited her firm belief that failures and negative experiences can actually strengthen an individual’s leadership capability. “Don't give in to the pressure to quit, especially in times of personal disappointments,” she said.

Hardy’s presentation at Pitt came as part of the college’s new “Community College Leadership Program” organized by PCC’s Men’s Resource Center (MRC) and Human Resources Department.

According to MRC Co-Chairman Jasmin Spain, the monthly speaker series will feature PCC administrators speaking with employees about their community college careers and offering them advice on how to pursue leadership positions within the community college system.

The next segment will feature Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, on Oct. 23, Spain said.