James Sprunt Community College Names Dr. Jay Carraway Next President

The State Board of Community Colleges has named Dr. Jay Carraway the next president of James Sprunt Community College located in Kenansville, North Carolina.

The selection, unanimously made by the college’s board of trustees, is pending final approval by the State Board of Community Colleges, according to the James Sprunt website.

Carraway said he is honored and humbled to be chosen for the role.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustee down at James Sprunt for giving me the opportunity and having the confidence in me,” Carraway said. “I look forward to getting down to Kenansville and getting to know the students and staff and people of the community. James Sprunt is a great community college and I’m ready to get started.”

Currently, Carrawy serves as vice president of Continuing Education at Lenoir Community College and has worked at the college for 34 years, he said. Some of his other roles at Lenoir include dean of the continuing education division, associate dean of satellite campuses, associate dean of campuses for the Greene County campus and director of the Greene County Center.

“I learned most of what I know from Lenoir Community College and the people of Lenoir County,” he said. “You don’t get to be a president of a community college unless a lot of people help you along the way. I’ve been very fortunate to have successful people help me all my life and a lot of them are in LCC.”

Carrway received a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance, a master’s degree in education and an Ed.D. all from East Carolina University.

Carrway has accomplished many things thoroughout his career such as co-authoring a $580,000 Golden LEAF grant proposal for Jones county Technical Trade Center; leading the preparation, program development and equipping the Lenoir satellite facilities; leading the expansion of the Greene County Center, the Workforce Development center in Snow Hill and three construction phases of the Jones county Center, according to Jacksonville Daily News.

Though James Sprunt is smaller than Lenoir, Carrway said it has a rich history and many quality programs.

“It’s a good school,” Carrway said. “I’m hoping to be able to make it a little better.”

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