KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - James Sprunt Community College in Duplin County welcomed Jay Carraway Monday as its newest president.
Carraway says, "Community college is supposed to be reflective of the community in which it's located."
Carraway says his top priority is getting students jobs. "The programs that we offer. There has to be jobs in the area for those programs. Whether it be truck driving, whether it be welding, plumbing, electrical wiring. That is a big need, that's a big need."
While education in such trades has decreased in recent years, Carraway wants to change that at James Sprunt Community College where the agriculture industry in the county needs tradesmen. Additionally, educators hope the new leadership will bring in more funding.
Barber School Coordinator Patsy McCoy says, "We're really excited to have Dr. Carraway come in. We're looking forward to all that he will impart into the school. Additionally, he's a great fundraiser, so we're looking forward to more money."
James Sprunt Community College had an interim president for the past 9 months, and, though their enrollment is slightly down, Carraway hopes to change that by making their programs better fit the needs of the community.
Carraway is the former vice president of continuing education at Lenior Community College.
A new president is set to take over at one community college in the east.
Dr. Jay Carraway will be the sixth president of James Sprunt Community College starting Monday after former president Dr. Lawrence Rouse left to take a new job at Pitt Community College in August.
Carraway is the former vice president of continuing education at Lenior Community College. He says he has high expectations for the college, faculty and staff as he begins this new role.
An Eastern Carolina community college has a new president.
The State Board of Community Colleges this morning officially approved Dr. Jay Carraway as the next president of James Sprunt Community College.
Last month, community college trustees unanimously selected Carraway at the next head of the community college that's located in Kenansville.
Carraway is currently Vice President of Continuing Education at Lenoir Community College in Kinston.
He begins his new job on April 29th.
Former president Dr. Lawrence Rouse left last year for a new job at Pitt Community College in Winterville.