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New Academic Year Brings Changes to BOT

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Randy WaltersWINTERVILLE—The start of a new academic year has brought several changes to the Pitt Community College Board of Trustees, including the addition of Farmville resident Randy Walters.

Though several trustees began serving in new capacities on July 1, the most noticeable difference with regard to the board is that Kelly Barnhill Jr. was not reappointed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office. Barnhill had been a trustee since January 2005, when he replaced Mike Colombo.

Taking Barnhill’s place on the 13-member board will be Walters, whose term will run through June 30, 2018. Originally from Greenville, Walters has spent the past 45 years living in Farmville, where he has been the president and owner of Farmville Furniture Company for 19 years.

"We are most pleased that Randy Walters, former chair of the PCC Foundation and an individual who is very familiar with PCC, is now a member of the Board of Trustees,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey.

“Randy has demonstrated his ability to communicate to a broad range of parties, including legislators and key community leaders, the importance of what PCC is doing to serve Pitt County,” Massey continued. “He will be a great addition to a strong Board of Trustees."

The 68-year-old Walters is, indeed, very familiar with PCC and will bring a wealth of experience to the board, having been a member of the PCC Foundation Board for the past 15 years, including the past two years as chairman.

Last year, Walters helped the college generate community support for a $19.9 million-bond referendum as co-chair of the PCC Bond Referendum Advocacy Committee. Pitt County voters ultimately approved the measure by a 10,735-6,479 margin.

“I sincerely believe Pitt Community College is one of the greatest assets to Pitt County and the area, in general,” Walters said. “Many of our graduates stay in this area and provide a skilled workforce.”

A 1968 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in art education, Walters and his wife, Anne, have two sons and three grandchildren.

In addition to Walters’ appointment to PCC’s governing board, Charles Long, a trustee since 2007, has stepped in as the board’s chairman. Tyree Walker, who has also served as a trustee for the past seven years, will now serve as vice chairman. Don Mills, a board member since 2009, will serve as secretary.

Student Austen Cheeks, who was elected president of the PCC Student Government Association this spring, will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees during 2014-15 academic year.