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NCCCS' Briggs to speak at 2008 HCC Commencement

Kennon Briggs will be the featured speaker at Halifax Community College's (HCC) commencement exercises slated for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in The Centre's auditorium. Briggs serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).
Briggs oversees an operating budget of $1.1 billion, and a capital budget of approximately $600 million, administered to a system of 58 community colleges. His duties include the preparation and execution of the biennial budget, accounting, capital improvements, equipment inventory and fixed assets, legislative reporting and advocacy, bill drafting, and formula and policy development. He manages a direct report staff of 30 employees, and is personally responsible for the staffing of the State Board and President's Association Finance Committees. His past experience includes Senior Budget Analyst for Higher Education for the Office of State Budget and Management (1986-1997), County Manager for Yadkin County, N.C. (1982-1986), and County Administrator for Jones County, N.C. (1981-1982).

Briggs received his B.A. in sociology from North Carolina State University. In 1980, he earned an M.P.A. in Urban Management from NCSU, and in 1982 and 1984, did post graduate study at the Institute of Government, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Serving on numerous committees and boards, Briggs is a strong supporter of civic organizations and has received several awards. He was honored with the Barry K. Sanders Award as the Outstanding Fiscal Officer in N.C. State Government in 2001, was named the Outstanding Community College Business Officer of the Year for Region 11 in 1998, and Citizen of the Year for Yadkin County in 1986. He received the Mission Service Award from the Methodist Church of the Eastern District of N.C. in 1996 and the Edwin M. Gill Award in 1982.
Commencement is open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.