DCCC Unveils Portrait of ‘Godfather of Community College System,’ Dr. W. Dallas Herring

Dr. W. Dallas Herring

March 6, 2013 – Today, Davidson County Community College celebrated the legacy of Dr W Dallas Herring, who is considered the godfather of the state’s Community College System, by unveiling a commissioned portrait of him in the Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. The unveiling at DCCC was one of many which took place at community colleges across the state.

“As part of the statewide 50th celebration, North Carolina Community Colleges are honoring Dr. W. Dallas Herring, who was instrumental in creating the early community college system,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “Perhaps best known for his belief that education should be available to all, he was a lifelong advocate of the state’s community colleges. I stand in awe of his legacy and untiring work on behalf of schools like DCCC.”

Herring, a native of Duplin County, served as chair of the State Board of Education from 1955-77. In May of 1963, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Community College System. Under his leadership, the Community College Advisory Council was established to advise the State Board of Education.

“Dallas Herring was a visionary who understood that education could be a defining factor in a person’s life,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President. “His legacy has brought us to where we are today – one of the most comprehensive community college systems in the nation, educating people of all ages, training the state’s workforce and providing college transfer opportunities.”

The commissioned portraits were sponsored by Duplin Winery and by the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation. The State Board of Education also recently named its regular meeting room the Dr. W. Dallas Herring State Board Room in his honor.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.

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