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Trustees Honor Reddrick's Longtime Service

Raymond Reddrick (center) accepts a Distinguished Service Award from PCC Board of Trustees Chairman Kelly Barnhill Jr. (right), as PCC President G. Dennis Massey looks on.

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators took a moment during graduation last week to honor Raymond Reddrick Jr., a retired educator who served on the college’s Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years.

As graduates prepared to turn their tassels May 12, PCC Trustees Chairman Kelly Barnhill Jr. presented the 81-year-old Reddrick with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his efforts to enhance the college’s mission and service.

A Greenville resident, Reddrick worked as a principal, teacher and coach during an educational career that spanned more than four decades. He twice served on the PCC Board of Trustees—from 1981 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2013—and was the board’s chair from 1997 to 2006.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey says Reddrick has long been a “warm and supportive force for positive growth and development” of the college and him, personally.

“Mr. Reddrick's long and dedicated service has been important in connecting contemporary operations and plans of the college to the historic roots in programming and philosophy of Pitt Tech,” Massey said. “… He has consistently contributed his heart and soul to Pitt Community College, so it was fitting, indeed, that he should receive this honor.”

In 28 years as a trustee, Reddrick staunchly supported PCC’s strategic efforts to make education accessible to everyone, in accordance with the N.C. Community College System’s ‘open door’ tenet.

As he accepted his award during graduation, Reddrick noted that the number of African-American graduates at PCC has been steadily increasing, which he said has given hope to the residents of Pitt County and Eastern North Carolina.

In addition to his Board of Trustees service, Reddrick has served on a number of advisory committees at Pitt and has been an active PCC Foundation Board member.

PCC Trustees previously recognized Reddrick’s longtime contributions to the college in November 2003, when they named a new 44,716-square-foot general classroom building in his honor.