Jennifer Haygood

Jennifer Haygood


Jennifer Haygood is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for Nash Community College’s Spring Curriculum Commencement at 6 p.m. May 15 in the college’s Brown Auditorium.

Haygood is the executive vice president and chief of staff of the N.C. Community College System. She is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the System Office and creating a fully integrated, highly performing System Office team that supports the mission of the 58-community college system.

While performing her duties as System Office chief of staff, Haygood also served as acting president of the N.C. Community College System from October 2017 through May 2018, during the state board’s search for a permanent system president.

Haygood previously served eight years as the system’s chief financial officer, leading the division responsible for managing approximately $1.5 billion in state, federal and tuition funds that support the state’s community colleges and the System Office.

Prior to working for the N.C. Community College System, Haygood was employed by the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly and the Education Section of the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Haygood earned a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from Rice University. She is a recipient of an honorary associate degree from Richmond Community College and also received the 2019 Office of the State Controller Fiscal Integrity Award.

Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a Teach for America corps member and taught elementary school in inner-city New Orleans. Haygood serves on the boards of the State Employees’ Credit Union, SECU Foundation and College Foundation Inc.

NCC President Lew Hunnicutt and Board of Trustees Chairman Paul S. Jaber will preside over the ceremony. Family and friends of students will be admitted by ticket only.

The curriculum commencement ceremony will be streamed live online via the college YouTube channel at