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Braswell Hired as Continuing Education Dean

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Kristen S. Braswell is PCC's new Continuing Education Dean.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced this month that Clayton native Kristin S. Braswell has been hired to oversee the college’s continuing education programming.

Braswell joins PCC after spending the previous 10 years with Fayetteville Technical Community College. She replaces interim Continuing Education Dean Susan Everett, who filled the position in January for the departing David Lusk.

“We are fortunate to have such an experienced professional as Ms. Braswell joining us,” said PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas Gould. “She will certainly prove a valuable contributor to our service of Pitt County and its citizens.”

As dean of PCC’s Continuing Education Division, the 40-year-old Braswell will be responsible for assessing the community’s educational needs and developing efficient and effective strategies and programs to meet them. She says she will also strive to create awareness within the community of the programs and services PCC offers.

“I consider continuing education as the best-kept secret,” Braswell said. “We are unique in that we can create and conform to meet the community needs. The challenge is getting us out in the community and not be a secret.”

In addition to increasing awareness of the college’s non-credit programs, Braswell said she wants to expand those services beyond Greenville and into the towns of Ayden, Farmville and Bethel.

“If the students cannot come to us, then we have to go to them and meet them where they are,” Braswell said. “… Our Continuing Education Division wants to be easily accessible and visible throughout Pitt County.”

After receiving an associate degree in office administration from Johnston Community College in 1995, Braswell went on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology from Fayetteville State University in 2000. She completed a Master of Arts in counseling at Webster University two years later and another in human resources development in 2006, also from Webster.

Braswell is currently working on her dissertation as she nears completion of a doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

At Fayetteville Tech, Braswell worked as a part-time Basic Skills instructor and full-time Basic Skills counselor before serving as director of College and Career Readiness/Human Resources Development for the past five years. Her professional background also includes a year as a teacher and counselor with Cumberland County Schools.

“I am a true believer in education; a person is never too old to learn,” said Braswell, who enjoys running and dancing when she is not at work.


07/14/2014