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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2015
 
HCC Board of Trustees approve resolution during May meeting
 
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on May 19 on campus for their monthly meeting. During the meeting, the trustees approved a resolution to name HCC's 500 Building after the College's second president, Dr. Elton L. Newbern Jr.

Newbern was appointed as president at HCC on July 1, 1988. Under his leadership, new facilities and programs were initiated to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing enrollment. During his tenure, the College's image was enhanced along with growth of the physical plant and its services. The Foundation assets showed marked increases and scholarship awards jumped from three named scholarships to more than 50. The College established articulation agreements with area secondary schools and colleges, and Tech Prep and School-to-Work Programs were implemented during Newbern's presidency. Information about a renaming ceremony will be forthcoming.

In other business, the trustee board approved the consent agenda which included approval of the minutes from the April 28 meeting, and approval to proceed with next steps for proposed programs including Associate of Engineering, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Hospitality Management, AAS in Emergency Management, AAS in Dietetic Technician and an AAS in Pharmacy Technology. Additional programs may include a therapeutic and diagnostic program (pre-nursing) as well as correctional institution programs in commercial cleaning, small engine repair and horticulture. Also approved in the consent agenda was president/trustee travel authorization, write off of uncollectable accounts receivable, the 2015-16 fee schedule and the four-day work week running from June 5, 2015-July 31, 2015. The president's evaluation will be conducted by the trustees in an upcoming special meeting.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. updated the board on a hazard complaint that was recently filed regarding possible mold in the Dr. Phillip W. Taylor Complex. Allied Environmental Service has tested the site. The report has come back that there is no mold in the area. Griffin also discussed the possible bond for repair and renovation to facilities. HCC's information must be in the governor's office by May 22.

Griffin's report focused on comments about campus events and happenings, Graduation 2015, the Legislative Affairs Luncheon, Leadership Development Institute Graduation and the HCC Child Care Center including maintained accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Updates were also given on the Default Prevention Management Plan, enrollment projections, the North Carolina Board of Nursing response letter to the assessment and improvement plan for low NCLEX-RN pass rates, financial reports, and Institutional Advancement and Student Government Association activities. Lastly, outgoing Public Relations & Marketing Director Melanie Temple was recognized for her service to the College.
 
Dr. Elton Newbern
Dr. Elton Newbern at Founders Day 2013—Building 500 will be renamed for him later this year
 
 
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239