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Reddrick Honored for a Lifetime of Service

Bachelor-Benedict Club Holds Event to Recognize Longtime PCC Trustee

Raymond Reddrick, seen here being honored by PCC during the college's 2014 graduation ceremony, was recently lauded by the Bachelor Benedict and Twentieth Century social clubs for a lifetime of dedication to the community and education.

GREENVILLE—A longstanding social club recently honored former Pitt Community College Trustee Raymond Reddrick Jr. for his community involvement, educational contributions and leadership.

On March 26, the Twentieth Century Club of the Bachelor-Benedict Club, Inc., organized a program at the Greenville Holiday Inn to celebrate the 83-year-old Reddrick’s achievements.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey attended the event and highlighted Reddrick’s nearly 30 years of service as a PCC Trustee, from 1981 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2013. Massey said Reddrick served as board chairman nine years longer than any other trustee in PCC history.

PCC administrators first recognized Reddrick’s longtime contributions to the college in November 2003, when they named a new 44,716-square-foot general classroom building in his honor. They honored him again in 2014 with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his strong leadership and service to PCC and the community, calling him a “warm and supportive force for positive growth and development of the students and the campus.”

Massey said that throughout his service as a trustee, Reddrick staunchly supported policies and initiatives that promoted racial diversity among employees and students at PCC, in accordance with the N.C. Community College System’s ‘open door’ tenet. He said the fact PCC annually ranks in the Top 100 community colleges in the United States to award associate degrees to African-Americans is testimony to Reddrick’s impact on campus diversity at Pitt.

A Greenville resident, Reddrick worked as a principal, teacher and coach during an educational career that spanned more than four decades. In addition to his Board of Trustees service, the Wilmington native served on a number of advisory committees at PCC and has been an active PCC Foundation Board member.

“He has consistently contributed his heart and soul to Pitt Community College,” Massey said.

Former PCC President Charles Russell, who was also on hand for the celebration, agreed with Massey and noted the enrollment growth, program improvements and campus expansion that took place while Reddrick was a trustee. Reddrick, he said, was committed to providing educational opportunities to all Pitt County citizens.

Started in the 1940’s, the Bachelor Benedict and Twentieth Century social clubs were organized to enhance the cultural enrichment of members and their families and their respective communities and to promote equal rights, education and social involvement. Over the years, the clubs have supported the community through a number of charitable acts, scholarships and service on the boards of many local organizations.