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PCC Promotes Rick Owens to Vice President

Pitt County Native and Former PCC Student to Assume New Role July 1

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

In 2011, Rick Owens, right, was presented with the Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award by President G. Dennis Massey during the college's annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced this month that they have promoted Rick Owens to Vice President of Administrative Services.

Owens, who has served as Assistant Vice President of Information Technology and Services for the past four years, will assume his new role on July 1. He’ll replace former PCC Trustee Randy Collier, who has been serving as interim vice president since Donald Heisey left the college for a job in the private sector in March.

A Pitt County native, Owens began working at PCC in May 2006 as a systems administrator in the Administrative Computing Department. Two years later, he became Director of Infrastructure Services before accepting his current role in January 2010.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to serve PCC in a new capacity, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence set by our previous vice presidents of administrative services,” Owens said of his promotion. “… I'm eager to strengthen the relationships PCC already has made, build new relationships, and help ensure the success of our students, employees and communities we serve.”

As Vice President of Administrative Services, the 38-year-old Owens will oversee personnel, maintenance, capital projects, public safety, information technology and other areas.

“I'll be working with a great team as we move forward to meet the needs of a growing community in a challenging economic environment,” he said. “We have a lot of new and exciting projects in the works that will benefit PCC’s expanding community of students, alumni, faculty and staff.”

A former PCC student, Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from East Carolina University in 1998. Three years later, he completed a master’s in Business Administration at ECU.

“Being a Pitt County native, I take pride in being a PCC alumnus,” Owens said. “And I look forward to helping provide our students and community the same opportunities for success that were afforded to me as a student here.”

In 2011, Owens received PCC’s Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award. Later that year, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government’s Certified Government Chief Information Officers program.

More recently, Owens graduated from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute in May.


06/09/2014