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June 8, 2015
HCC College Board of Trustees evaluates President
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees held a special call meeting, which was open to the public, on June 8 in the administrative board room. The sole action item on the agenda was the discussion and review of the evaluation of Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., President of HCC, for the 2014-15 academic year. After closed session, HCC Board of Trustees Chair Bernella DeLaMora reported that Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. had received an excellent evaluation.

Trustee Marie Robinson said under Dr. Griffin's tenure, there have been no scandals related to Dr. Griffin or HCC. He overwhelmingly accepts innovative pursuits to enhance the college. He is openly concerned about the growth, improvement, and positive influence of HCC. He invites the community to all functions in an effort to keep the community informed about the events and projects at the college. His leadership has put HCC on the map as one of the leading community colleges for higher learning and advancement.

Chair DeLaMora continued with the following remarks "Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. will be entering his 10 year as President of HCC in December 2015. We are delighted to have him serve as our president."

This year, we have had great accomplishments. Some of the accomplishments under President Griffin's leadership include the following:
  • HCC was a finalist for the AACC Advancing Diversity Award and the Digital Community College Survey. HCC ranked highest in the state for the Digital Community College Survey.
  • President Griffin was invited by AACC President/CE Walter G. Bumphus to serve on a committee to explore strategies for enhancing engagement between the nationalís community colleges and Minority Serving Institution, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
  • From Sept. 2014 to present, HCC has received over 1.9 million dollars in grants. Last year, the two biggest grants received were the Golden Leaf Foundation Grant for $450,000 and the Duke Energy Grant for $249,958.
  • HCC made the US President Higher Education Community Service 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for our extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community and national needs.
  • New signage put up on campus. The new signs are much easier to understand and make the campus look more appealing.
  • This is the second year in a row that HCC was designated a Military Friendly School.
  • HCC began a partnership with CADA Head Start, which increased enrollment and funding in the child care center.
  • HCC continues to be a leader in brining activities and programs to the Roanoke Valley Region. There were programs recognizing Native American Heritage month, Black History month, Founders Day, and the Children's Series.
Building Partnerships
  • HCC partnered with Kate B. Reynolds and HCC now has a Fitness Interactive Walking trail that is open to the community.
  • HCC began its readership program. We partnered with USA Today, The Daily Herald, and The Weekly Defender. Also, President Griffin keeps us in the news in a positive way with the monthly columns in the Roanoke Daily Herald, as well as other media articles about HCC in the Herald and The Weekly Defender. HCC has also been highlighted in the Community College Week.
  • President Griffin and HCC hosted Legislators, area Community College Presidents, SGA Presidents, and faculty for the 2015 Legislative Affairs Luncheon. It was a great success. Also the feedback received was positive.
  • There was also an increase in HCC Graduates. Last year, we had 351 unduplicated count of graduates. This year, it was 377.
HCC is grateful to have one of the best president's in the community college system. Each year, it gets better and better, so the best yet to come."

President Griffin expressed his gratitude to the board for extending the opportunity to continue to serve as President of Halifax Community College and thanked the board for their continued support of his administration.

The meeting was then adjourned.
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
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.
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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