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For Immediate Release

02.21.2013

Dr. W. Dallas Herring Day March 6


Catawba Valley Community College will join its 57 sister institutions across the state on March 6 to celebrate the legacy of Dr. W. Dallas Herring and the 50th anniversary of the N.C. Community College System.  

At noon in the Student Center, CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw will unveil a portrait of Herring that was commissioned for the System’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  The portraits were sponsored by Duplin Winery and by the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation.  

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend.

A Duplin County native, Dr. Herring is considered the philosophical godfather of the state’s Community College System.  As the chair of the State Board of Education in 1963, Herring was instrumental in creating the community college system.  He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “take people from where they are, as far as they can go.”

Dr. Herring was appointed by Governor Luther Hodges to chair the State Board of Education, serving from 1955-77.  In May of 1963, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Community College System.  Under the leadership of Herring, the Community College Advisory Council was established to advise the State Board of Education.  Herring was a life-long advocate for the state’s community colleges and the System’s “Open Door” philosophy – a result of Herring’s leadership during the System’s early years.

“Dallas Herring was a visionary who understood that education could be a defining factor in a person’s life,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President.  “His legacy has brought us to where we are today – one of the most comprehensive community college systems in the nation, educating people of all ages, training the state’s workforce and providing college transfer opportunities.”

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