Lenoir Community College
|Lenoir Community College|
|231 N.C. 58 South
Kinston, North Carolina, 28502
|President||Dr. Brantley Briley|
Lenoir Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System LCC is also known as 13th grade to anyone who attended high school in Lenoir County. LCC is also known as the "Last Chance College". , which was established in 1963 under enactment of a general statute by the legislature. The NCCCS, currently a network of 58 institutions, serves more than 750,000 citizens annually. One of the oldest institutions in the system, LCC is located in Kinston at the intersection of highways U.S. 70 and N.C. 58. Its primary service area is Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties. LCC offers both degree and non-degree programs serving approximately 3,500 curriculum students and 12,500 extension students annually. The following dates from 1958 to 2008 are significant landmarks in LCC’s history.
In 1958, the College was chartered by the State Board of Education. In 1960, LCC began operations as the Lenoir County Industrial Educational Center with Daniel C. Wise as director and approximately 80 students enrolled in classes that were held at Contentnea High School. In 1961, the vocational and technical curricula were initiated with classes held at Stallings Field, a former air base.
In 1963, the center moved to its 18-acre permanent campus and a new facility, later named the Bullock Building, and held its first graduation in June. Also in 1963, the IEC was separated administratively from the Lenoir County Board of Education, and the first Board of Trustees was organized.
In 1964, the board secured the status of technical institute for the center, and in November, the institution attained community college status. The Board of Trustees appointed Daniel C. Wise, who served until the summer of 1965, acting president. In 1965, Dr. Benjamin E. Fountain became president and the College expanded to 58 acres beginning long-range planning of campus development. In 1966, the first year of the transfer program was offered at Stallings Field. In 1968, the program was moved to the new Administration Building on the permanent campus. LCC was initially accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has maintained it ever since.
In 1970, Dr. Jesse L. McDaniel became president and served for 18 years. During this time the main campus was expanded to 90 acres, seven new buildings were constructed, and the Jones County and Greene County Centers were opened.
In 1988, upon the retirement of Dr. McDaniel, Dr. Lonnie H. Blizzard took the reigns as president. In 1989, a new building for aviation education was built at the Kinston Regional Jetport, and the Health Science Building was completed on the main campus. In 1998, the Waller Building was completed on the main campus at a cost of $4.5 million. The building included a 650-seat auditorium. Dr. Blizzard retired after 10 years of service, and in July, Dr. Karin Pettit was named president. New construction at the Greene County Center provided a 15,000 square foot facility costing $1.6 million. In 1999, the college purchased two acres of land on the corner of highways 58 and 70.
In 2000, a state community college construction bond referendum was passed with LCC receiving more than $12 million for renovation and new construction. In 2001, Dr. Pettit left for another position and the board hired longtime LCC employee, Joyce Cherry, to serve as interim president. Mrs. Cherry provided the leadership necessary for the stability of the College during the time of transition. On April 22, 2002, Dr. Stephen Scott, former vice president of the North Carolina Community College System, took over the leadership as president. In 2003, Dr. Scott resigned to become president of Wake Technical Community College, and Joyce Cherry was again named interim president until a new president was selected.
On May 10, 2004, Dr. Brantley Briley became president of LCC. During the year, significant acquisitions and construction began changing the landscape of the campus. Twenty-seven acres of land were purchased on the east boundary and almost nine acres to the south of the campus. These purchases increased total acreage on the main campus to 128. In December, a $5.4 million construction project was begun which includes an addition to the Waller Building to house Culinary Arts and an annex to the Waller Building to house the Learning Assistance Program, science classrooms, and labs. In 2005, nine acres of land were purchased in Jones County, and plans were initiated to construct a new Jones County Center. The Jones County Center opened in its new location in April 2009. At the Greene County Center, a $2.1 million addition was completed in 2008. The College has plans to construct and renovate other buildings with the remaining bond funds, making the facilities at LCC equal to any in North Carolina and ready for the future.
The College celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 3, 2008. A 278-page full color coffee table book was produced in house by the LCC Printing Department marking the College’s 50 year history. During the yearlong celebration, LCC experienced record enrollments for both fall and spring semesters, and a significant increase in its Foundation endowed scholarships through a special program, “Fifty for Fifty,” 50 new endowments for 50 students.
The College continues to experience record enrollment and continues to expand its programs and services to meet the needs of the communities it serves.
- 1958 - LCC receivs charter from the North Carolina State Board of Education
- 1960 - College opens its doors as the Lenoir County Industrial Education Center (IEC). The first classes are held at Contentnea High School.
- 1961 - The college moves to a former air field at Stallings Field.
- 1963 - Classes move to the Bullock Building, on an 18-acre (73,000 m2) lot. The college's first graduation is held in June. LCIEC separates from Lenoir County's Board of Education. The first Board of Trustees are organized.
- June 1964 - The Board secures a "technical institute" status for LCIEC.
- November 1964 - LCIEC officially becomes Lenoir Community College. Dan Wise named first president after the Board's appointment.
- 1965 - Dr. Benjamin E. Fountain named second president. College expands to a 58-acre (230,000 m2) lot.
- 1966 - Transfer program offered at Stallings Field.
- 1968 - LCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The transfer program is moved to the main campus.
- 1970 - Dr. Fountain named president of the North Carolina Community College System. Dr. Jesse L. McDaniel named LCC's third president and serves for 18 years. Between 1970 and 1988, seven buildings are added to the campus and the size of the main campus increases to 90 acres (360,000 m2). The Jones County Education Center and the Greene County Education Center (which together are the Eastern Correctional Institution) become extensions of LCC.
- 1988 - Dr. Lonnie H. Blizzard named LCC president.
- 1989 - The Aviation Building constructed at Kinston Regional Jetport.
- 1989 - The Health Building is completed at the main campus.
- 1997 - The Bullock Building is renovated at the cost of $2.7 million.
- 1998 - The Waller Building, housing a 650-seat auditorium, is finished at the cost of $4.5 million. Dr. Karin Pettit named the fifth president. The $1.6 million, 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) campus in Greene County was opened.
- 2000 - LCC receives $12 million from a referendum by the community college construction board.
- 2001 - Joyce Cherry, a longtime LCC employee, named interim president and is succeeded by Dr. Stephen Scott, formerly the vice president of the North Carolina Community College System. Classrooms are added to the Health Science building and a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) wellness center is added to the Student Center through the use of state funds.
- 2003 - Dr. Scott takes position as the president of Wake Technical Community College. Cherry once again named interim president.
- 2004 - Dr. Brantley Briley is hired as the seventh president.