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Meet The President

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw



"The one core value on our campuses that must remain consistent in today's global economy is our passion and commitment to improve the lives of the people we serve. We must continuously strive to remain relevant for the workforce and provide access for transfer to four year colleges and universities. Our focus has transitioned from one of maintaining to one of being a catalyst in our community through intentional actions that lead to a positive return on investment for our stakeholders and our college."

-Dr. Garrett D.Hinshaw

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw

On August 6, 2006, Catawba Valley Community College welcomed the third president in the college's then 48-year history: Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw. Immediately, he set the bar high: to become the Best Community College in America.

Since that time, he has begun the process of demonstrating that these aren't just words. The journey that began August 6, 2006, was the catalyst for many "firsts" for CVCC. Some of these include:

  • The creation of a five-year strategic plan.
  • Establishing the first Multicultural Affairs Office within the N. C. Community College System.
  • Partnering with local agencies to create the Community Connections Program allowing students to
    participate in cultural events throughout the community at discounted costs.
  • Student athletic and academic successes. Within three years of start-up, the CVCC Baseball team competed at the national level. Students in various programs have competed at the national level in academics and in SkillsUSA.
  • Modifications of the hosiery technology center to a research and development center called the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).
  • A campus movement to become a "student facing" college.
  • Opening the CVCC ValleySim Hospital.The largest of its kind east of the Mississippi,the ValleySim
    creates a mock hospital environment for simulation of patient centered care.

Through Dr. Hinshaw's leadership, the college is recreating itself and, in the process, redefining the region's economy.

His leadership was instrumental in the college's selection as one of three community college partners
with Lorain County Community College (Ohio) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to spearhead
the pilot phase of Innovation Fund America (IFA). The three colleges, selected from a nationwide search
and evaluation process, share the leadership and innovative desire necessary to launch and sustain the
Innovation Funds in their region.


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