PCC Dean of Continuing Education Named 2017 'Woman of Substance Award' Recipient
WINTERVILLE—During Pitt Community College’s annual Women’s History Month program on Wednesday, the college announced Continuing Education Dean Kristen S. Braswell as this year’s “Woman of Substance Award” recipient.
Braswell, a Clayton native who began working at PCC in 2014, received the award in recognition of outstanding campus and community involvement, attitude of service, and willingness to 'go the extra mile.' She is the 16th employee to receive the honor, which was created by the college’s Multicultural Activities Committee and Student Government Association to recognize and encourage outstanding women role models on campus.
PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles announced Braswell as this year’s award winner, saying “her heart and passion for students and willingness to reach across campus and throughout the community to find support for students and PCC” have made a positive impact.
As Continuing Education dean, Braswell assesses the community’s educational needs and develops strategies and programs to meet them. She also promotes the college’s programs and services in the community.
Those who nominated Braswell for her award called her “the epitome of a Woman of Substance” and noted her hard work, selflessness and dedication to PCC and the community.
“(Kristin) is a strong believer in education, and she promotes it to anyone she meets,” one colleague wrote. “She goes beyond her duties to assist people at the college and in the community, no matter what their social status is. She mentors anyone who will accept her assistance, because she wants everyone to excel and strive to be a better person.”
In addition to her role with Pitt, Braswell serves on the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center’s advisory committee and the board of directors for Community Crossroads, a Greenville homeless shelter. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a mentor to young women.
Braswell’s work in the community also includes serving as a greeter at Koinonia Christian Center Church. And in the wake of Hurricane Matthew last fall, she voluntarily served food to residents of West Greenville who were displaced by flooding.
The “Woman of Substance Award” presentation has been part of PCC’s celebration of women’s achievements since 2001. There were eight employees nominated for the honor this year: Lora Clark, Yatta David, Nicole Franklin, LaTonya Nixon, Sharon Smith, Amy Stephenson, Olivia Sutton and Braswell.