As students and staff at James Sprunt Community College prepare for graduation, the campus also welcomes it’s 6th President, Dr. Jay Carraway, following Dr. Lawrence Rouse, who left in August to lead Pitt Community College.
“I’m looking to move this institution forward with the folks that we have here as one big team and we’ll have some fun on the way,” Carraway said.
Jay Carraway has been working with the community college system for 34 years holding multiple roles, including his latest, Vice President of Lenior Community College.
“From there I begin to grow and see myself in a different light as maybe I could be a president and so it worked out that Dr. Rouse left James Sprunt to Pitt community college and it kind of fell into place,” Carraway said.
Carraway began his presidency with a Student Government Association awards ceremony. Carraway said, recognizing students for their efforts was a great way to start off his new role as president.
“It’s great,” Carraway said. “This is the busy time of the season in education because you have a lot of graduations to attend, a lot of ceremonies such as this to attend. You kind of jump in and it’s like ‘let’s get going’.”
Carraway said he plans to dive deep into the workforce development of Duplin County to see what the community college can do to meet their needs.
“A lot of times industry tells us that they could expand if they had the employees to expand with, so we don’t want that to be the problem,” Carraway said.
Brian Jones, Associate Vice President of Student Services, said the Board of Trustees wanted someone who is community oriented, visionary, and has community college experience, making Carraway the best candidate for the position.
“We are very glad to have Dr. Carraway here at James Sprunt Community College, and look forward to him taking us into the next decade,” Jones said.