Gould Hired as New VP of Academic Affairs
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College President G. Dennis Massey recently announced that Dr. Thomas Gould has been hired as the college’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Gould, who recently moved to Winterville, began his duties with PCC on Nov. 15. He fills the void created earlier this year, when Dr. Pamela Hilbert moved on to become president of Robeson Community College.
“It is my pleasure to let you know that the PCC Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation to appoint Dr. Thomas Gould as PCC's new Vice President of Academic Affairs,” Massey said. “…He comes with recommendations from some of the top academic officers in North Carolina.”
As one of four PCC vice presidents, Gould will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the college’s instructional programs and related support services for curriculum and continuing education areas.
“I am both humbled and excited to be invited to join the PCC community,” Gould said. “PCC has a strong reputation across the state for being a progressive and comprehensive community college that proactively serves the citizens of Pitt County. The quality of the academic and training available and the diversity of programs offered are second to none.”
Born in New York City, Gould grew up in northern New Jersey. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a master’s in English from N.C. State University.
Gould earned his doctorate in English from UNC-Greensboro. His dissertation studies focused on Ernest Hemingway.
Gould’s love for Hemingway’s work was evident to his students at Durham Technical Community College, where he spent 16 years teaching and serving in key leadership roles, including department chair and dean.
At Durham Tech, Gould was a pioneer of hybrid instruction, which combines online training with traditional classroom studies. His professional background also includes extensive work with the College Transfer Program Association and enforcement of the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, which guides the transfer of students from North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to its 16 public universities and many private colleges and universities.
“I truly believe that education is transformative,” Gould said. “It positively transforms individuals, families and communities. As such, we have an awesome responsibility to provide access and excellence to our community. Fortunately, PCC has such talented and experienced faculty and staff that I am absolutely confident we will continue to meet any challenge.”
As Vice President of Academic Affairs, Gould says his goals are to provide strong leadership and support for the college’s educational programs, promote collaboration between various areas of the college, and build productive relationships with community stakeholders.
“I will be out there meeting and listening,” he said. “PCC is an integral part of the present and future of Pitt County.
“The passing of the recent bond referendum illustrates that the community recognizes this and has confidence in PCC’s ability to serve the citizens of Pitt County for many years to come,” he continued. “We have a responsibility to reward that faith, and it is a responsibility we welcome and a challenge we will meet.”
Gould added that PCC only succeeds when students and the college’s community partners succeed.
“I am extremely proud to be joining PCC and look forward to contributing to the college’s continued success,” he said.