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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash Community College on Friday announced Lew Kyle Hunnicutt as its fifth president. The State Board of Community Colleges has approved the appointment.
Hunnicutt is currently the assistant provost and campus director for the University of Georgia - Griffin Campus, which serves more than 32,000 students annually in academic, workforce, continuing education and community service classes, programs and events.
In his position, Hunnicutt develops and manages academic programs, oversees the Griffin Campus budget and develops and implements enrollment strategy for nine undergraduate and seven graduate programs. Additionally, he manages campus employees, leads facilities projects and executes fundraising efforts.
Originally from Texas, Hunnicutt graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a Master of Science teaching degree in general agriculture. He holds a Master of Science degree in animal science from New Mexico State University. Hunnicutt also has a Master of Science in reproductive biology from the University of Wyoming and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in animal science from the University of Wyoming.
Hunnicutt began his professional career as an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture at McNeese State University, and later served in the same capacity at Southwest Texas State University. He was vice president of extended services at Frank Phillips College in Texas prior to joining the University of Georgia.
“Dr. Hunnicutt’s extensive experience in higher education administration, curriculum program planning, budget management, student services, research and instruction directly aligns with the college’s commitment to addressing the needs of the community with emphasis on instruction, support services, workforce development, and partnerships,” Nash Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Jaber said.
Throughout his career, Hunnicutt has served his community in various capacities and leadership positions with Rotary International, United Way, 4-H, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, various chambers of commerce, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.
NCC’s current president, Bill Carver, announced his retirement earlier this year following 32 years of work in the North Carolina Community College System.
“Dr. Carver is leaving a legacy of excellence at Nash Community College with the highest levels in academics, growth and student, faculty and staff team culture,” Jaber said. “We look forward to the future and continuing to meet the needs of the community with distinction. We are grateful for the indelible mark Dr. Carver has made on education and workforce development in the region. Without a doubt, this area is a better place because of his ‘all-in’ commitment to giving every student an opportunity for lifelong success.”
Carver has served as Nash Community College’s president since 2005. He will retire at the end of October. Hunnicutt will begin as the college’s fifth president on Nov. 1.