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New Year, New Faces on PCC Trustees Board

Gloristine Brown, Brian Floyd, Amanda Tilley and Maurice Northern, left to right, have joined the PCC Board of Trustees.

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WINTERVILLE—After introducing two new board members in May, Pitt Community College Trustees will welcome even more new faces when they come together for their regularly-scheduled meeting in August.

Now that a new fiscal year is underway, PCC’s 13-member governing board will welcome Bethel’s Gloristine Brown and Greenville’s Amanda Tilley. The pair joins Brian Floyd and Pitt student Maurice Northern, who were sworn in May 24, as the board’s newest members.

“The new board members have great backgrounds in business, health and local government, which will add much to the Board of Trustees,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey said last week. “They also bring enthusiasm for Pitt Community College and what we do to serve our county and region educationally.”

Brown, who has been the mayor of Bethel for the past two years, was appointed by Pitt County Commissioners, while Tilley, a Krispy Kreme franchise owner, was selected by the Governor’s Office. They will be sworn-in for four-year terms on Aug. 23, replacing outgoing trustees Virginia Hardy and James Nelson Jr.

A Greenville resident, Floyd is the president of Vidant Medical Center, which employs many PCC graduates. In addition to an extensive hospital administration background, he brings community college experience to the board as well, having earned an associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community College. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Management from Mount Olive University and a master’s in Business Administration (Executive Management) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s prestigious Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“Trustee Floyd has been selected by Pitt County Commissioners to complete the unexpired term of the late J. Paul Davenport,” Massey said. “When that has been completed in June of next year, he will then be eligible for continued service on the board.”

Northern, an Associate in Fine Arts student pursuing a career in music, was recently elected president of the PCC Student Government Association. Through that role, the Greenville resident will serve as an ex-officio board member for the next year.

“We have a solid foundation of experience among our returning board members and significant momentum in capital and student success initiatives, so our four new trustees will be a great ‘value added’ component for the board,” Massey said.

A familiar face, Charles Long, will once again lead the trustees board as chairman. The retired Pitt County Schools administrator from Farmville has been a board member since 2007.

Don Mills, now beginning his eighth year as a trustee, will fill the role of vice chairman, and Randy Walters, who has been a board member since 2014, will serve as secretary.

Altogether, the board returns nine members with a combined 62 years of trustee experience, meaning PCC is in good hands, despite the departure of Nelson and Hardy, who witnessed a great deal of growth at the college during their years of service.

“Both Jimmy Nelson and Dr. Virginia Hardy contributed much to our progress in recent years at PCC,” Massey said. “We appreciate their leadership and will continue to seek their support and counsel.”

Nelson, an attorney from Greenville, joined the PCC Board of Trustees in December 2004, just before the board approved the purchase of a 131-acre tract adjacent to campus for future expansion.

Hardy, a Pitt County native who serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at East Carolina University, joined the PCC board in 2008 and was very helpful in strengthening ties with the UNC System.

In addition to serving as board members when the college opened the much-needed Craig F. Goess Student Center in 2009, Nelson and Hardy were also on hand for the openings of several more campus additions, including the Herman Simon Building in 2010 and the Charles E. Russell and Craig M. Goess Construction and Industrial Technology buildings in 2012.

PCC successfully sought passage of a $19.9 million-bond referendum in 2013 while Nelson and Hardy served as trustees. The funds are being used to build a new Science and Technology Center on campus and to purchase a new home for the college’s law enforcement training programs nearby.


07/08/2016