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ECC pays tribute to former leader

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Deborah L. Lamm stands in front of the building named in her honor Friday at Edgecombe Community College in Rocky Mount.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus of Edgecombe Community College now has a new name. 

The Lamm Building, as it is now known, was recently named after former ECC President Deborah L. Lamm, who retired in May 2018 after 14 years at the helm of Edgecombe Community College. 

The Lamm Building opened on the Rocky Mount campus in January 2016.The three-story, 45,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility cost more than $9.7 million to build and over $2.5 million to furnish. The facility houses 18 programs of study in health sciences, including curriculum and continuing education programs. 

The facility maximizes the use of current patient simulation technology and mimics a hospital setting. In 2018, nearly 1,500 students used the Lamm Building, which is funded in part by a quarter-cent sales tax approved by Edgecombe County residents in 2012.

At a ceremony in March 2016 to celebrate the opening of the facility, former Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny said, “This facility exemplifies the heart and will of Edgecombe County and reflects the can-do attitude of its citizens.”

The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners fully supported the project because it recognized the training needs of the county and region, the press release said. The Rocky Mount City Council also backed the initiative as a part of the revitalization of downtown Rocky Mount. 

The Golden LEAF Foundation, Horizon Health Partners, PNC Bank and Urban Research Park also were funding partners that invested in workforce training and an enhanced quality of life, according to the press release.

The ECC Board of Trustees voted to name the building in Lamm’s honor shortly before her retirement.

“There are no words,” Lamm said recently when she saw her name on the building. “The health sciences building is one of my proudest achievements as president of the college, but I never dreamed of such a tribute. It is both humbling and overwhelming to the fullest extent possible.”

Jerry Price, chairman of the ECC Board of Trustees, said in the press release that the naming of the building is a “tribute to the steady hand Dr. Lamm provided in her vision for health care education at Edgecombe Community College.”

Inside the building are several new dedication plaques, including a tribute to Lamm.  A second plaque pays homage to major donors to the facility including naming partners who donated $10,000 to $500,000 to the Lamm Building and the Investor’s Society, whose members also donated to the facility. 

“Dr. Lamm raised the bar in education and training and worked tirelessly to ensure that Edgecombe Community College strengthened its tradition of outstanding service to its students and the Edgecombe community,” ECC President Greg McLeod said in the release. “Nowhere on our campuses is this more evident than in the health sciences facility named in her honor. She was its driving force from concept to completion.”

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