Three Earn Distinguished Service Awards
PCC Honors Collier, Kuykendall and Skinner for Outstanding Contributions
GREENVILLE—While celebrating the college’s largest-ever graduating class, Pitt Community College administrators also took time to show their appreciation to several individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the school and community.
As part of Friday’s graduation ceremony at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum, college administrators presented Distinguished Service Awards to PCC Trustees chairman Randy Collier, former PCC Health Sciences Dean Judith Kuykendall, and Donnie Skinner, former PCC Foundation Board chairman.
PCC has presented Distinguished Service Awards each spring during graduation since the honor was created by the PCC Board of Trustees in 1989 to recognize individuals for their efforts to enhance the college’s mission and services.
Collier, a former principal and Pitt County Schools administrator, brought extensive educational administrative experience to PCC’s governing board when he joined the trustees in 2005. The Wilson County native was tabbed as the group’s chairman in August 2009.
During his tenure on the board, Collier has served as a member of the Policy/Program Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also distinguished himself by serving as chair of the Policy/Program Committee in 2009 and through his service on the PCC Foundation Board in 2010 and 2011.
Collier has been involved in numerous community organizations and helped develop the annual Health Sciences Academy at PCC along with Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH).
Kuykendall, a Greenville resident, worked at PCC for 30 years and played a key role in developing the college’s health science offerings before retiring in 2000. She began at Pitt in 1970, teaching students in the practical nursing program before eventually becoming dean of the Health Sciences Division.
Through her role at PCC, Kuykendall helped the college develop an associate degree nursing program in 1974. She also worked with PCMH to create a number of medical specialty programs at the college, including respiratory care, medical sonography and nuclear medicine.
Kuykendall’s efforts to improve health science education also includes nine years of service with the N.C. Center for Nursing, which was created to ensure the state’s nursing workforce could meet the needs of its citizens. As part of her work with the center, she helped establish an articulation between North Carolina’s four-year institutions and community colleges regarding the transfer of nursing classes.
For the past 10 years, Kuykendall has worked for University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina as an internal consultant at PCMH and several regional hospitals.
An Ayden resident, Skinner is the After Market Sales and Training Director at CopyPro, Inc. He has been an active member of the PCC Foundation Board since 2003 and served as the board’s chairman in 2008.
As part of his PCC Foundation service, Skinner has chaired and co-chaired the organization’s Special Events Committee, which plays a critical role in the group’s fundraising endeavors. Through his leadership on the committee, he has helped organize numerous successful fundraisers, including the Down East Holiday Show, PCC Scholarship Auction, golf tournaments and boat shows. Literally, hundreds of PCC students have benefitted from the scholarship funds these events generated.
Skinner was also an active member of the foundation’s committees that secured funding for the Lewis Field House at PCC’s Minges-Overton Baseball Complex and the Herman Simon Building, a 35,765-square-foot addition to the college’s health sciences facility.