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Leadership Institute Still Going Strong at 13

After two days of training, 2017 PCC Leadership Institute participants paused for a group photo. This year's program was organized by a seven-member committee comprised of PCC employees Rachel Bridgers, Tami Flynn, Kelly Graham, Travis Kinsey, Ina Rawlinson, Jeff Mobley and Bill Sypawka.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's commitment to professional development for employees continued this fall with the 14th installment of the college’s annual Leadership Institute (LI).

Held in New Bern Nov. 8-9, the program featured seminars and activities that fostered interaction among participants and encouraged them to find ways of contributing their leadership qualities to the college’s educational mission. In addition to a seven-member committee that planned the program, 35 faculty and staff members participated.

According to Tami Flynn, PCC Health Information Technology (HIT) instructor/clinical coordinator, this year’s institute included presentations by Pam Pippin of the Pippin Resource Group, who explained the importance of connecting, coaching and eliminating silos when it comes to effective leadership.

Additional speakers included Crystal Gooding, a PCC HIT Instructor and past LI participant, who shared a personal leadership story, and Charlie Brown, an East Carolina University business professor, who talked about teamwork. PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles discussed current college projects and stressed the importance of supporting the PCC Foundation.

On the final day of the institute, participants were divided into groups in order to give presentations on what they had learned during the program. Flynn says the college will hold a pair of follow-up sessions in the spring to cover additional leadership topics with this year’s LI participants.

Brian Miller, PCC coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research, helped establish the PCC Leadership Institute and said the program was created with the philosophy that leadership is measured by contribution rather than position.

PCC held its first leadership institute in 2004. Two years later, the program was part of a national report on leadership development in community colleges published through the American Association of Community Colleges’ Leading Forward Initiative. The 55-page report stated that PCC “takes its mission to educate and empower people for success seriously” and that its leadership institute is a program for schools across the country to emulate.

Since its inception, Miller said, nearly 500 PCC employees have participated in the leadership institute.