The Halifax Community College Board of Trustees has asked Patrena B. Elliott, Ph.D., to assume the position of president of HCC, and she has accepted the position.
According to a press release from Board Chairman Michael F. Williams, she is expected to assume office on Jan. 1.
Elliott is vice president for Instruction and Student Support Services/Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer at Robeson Community College in Lumberton. She previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Operations at South University in High Point. Elliott earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies and a Master of Science in Adult Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro; and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill.
According to the release, Elliott is highly qualified for the position and has unique qualities that will serve her, and the college, well as the college enters the next chapter in its history. Through the president search process several significant goals for the next president emerged:
• Becoming an integral part of the community served by the college
• Strengthening connections between the college and its various stakeholders
• Increasing student enrollment by providing rigorous, relevant, programs of study and course offerings that meet the needs of citizens throughout the service area
“I would also like to extend my appreciation to the entire college community for its participation in the focus groups and public forums that were part of the search process,” Williams said in the press release. “All staff and community feedback were reviewed and valued by the board. Everyone’s collaborative and concerted work truly enriched the search process. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Presidential Search Committee for their time, dedication, and thoughtful work on behalf of HCC.”