ECC names new president

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Dr. Gregory McLeod has been named the next president of Edgecombe Community College.


Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Monday was a historic day for Edgecombe Community College as the Board of Trustees officially named the first black man to serve as college president.

Dr. Gregory McLeod, a North Carolina native and 17-year veteran of community colleges, has been named the next president of Edgecombe Community College. The ECC Board of Trustees selected McLeod to fill the position last month, according to a press release from the college. However, state law requires that the board’s selection be approved by the State Board of Community Colleges, which occurred on Friday.

Dr. Jerry Price, chairman of the ECC Board of Trustees, said the 60-applicant field came down to three finalists who would have served ECC well. However, he said McLeod seems to be a good fit for the college.

“Our new college president knows Eastern North Carolina and brings a renewed energy to the challenges for our region,” Price said. “He will work long and hard to get the results we all desire for our students and faculty. He will bring a good history of preparation in Florida and Virginia, as well as growing up in North Carolina, attending the School of Math & Science and graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill.”

For the past seven years, McLeod, 46, has served as provost and chief campus administrative officer of academic and student affairs at two colleges. During that time, he first served at the St. Augustine Campus of St. Johns River State College in Florida. Most recently, he was at Thomas Nelson Community College in Williamsburg, Va., where he also served as interim dean of health professions.

His senior management experience covers the scope of the community college landscape and includes instructional and student services programs, facilities, budgetary oversight and technology resources, the release said.

“I am thrilled to join Edgecombe Community College and look forward to working with faculty and staff to continue to move the college forward,” McLeod said in a statement. “I strongly believe that ECC has incredible potential and a true opportunity to continue to achieve higher heights for the benefit of the citizens and area it serves.”

McLeod also said he is eager to return to North Carolina.

“Having grown up in North Carolina and with family nearby in Raleigh and Garner, this is especially exciting for me personally as well as professionally,” McLeod said.

McLeod holds a doctorate in leadership and education from Barry University, a master’s degree in training and development from N.C. State University, a bachelor’s degree in education from the UNC-Chapel Hill and a certificate in business management from N.C. State University.

His career in the community college arena began in 2001, first as an adjunct and then full-time instructor, teaching developmental math at Durham Technical Community College. He also served as an adviser to university transfer students at Durham Tech.

McLeod moved from Durham Tech to St. Petersburg College in Florida, where he served in multiple roles. 

McLeod replaces Dr. Deborah Lamm, who served for 14 years as president before her retirement in May. Other previous college presidents for the 50-year-old college include Thurman Horney, Charles B. McIntyre and Dr. Hartwell H. Fuller.

McLeod will assume his new post in mid-August.