Garner Cleveland Record

College salutes system founder

Lyn Austin, left, chairwoman of the JCC Board of Trustees, and Dr. David Johnson, JCC president, are pictured with the portrait of Dr. W. Dallas Herring.
Lyn Austin, left, chairwoman of the JCC Board of Trustees, and Dr. David Johnson, JCC president, are pictured with the portrait of Dr. W. Dallas Herring.

Johnston Community College celebrated the legacy of Dr. W. Dallas Herring with the unveiling of a portrait commissioned as part of the N.C. Community College System’s 50th anniversary.

A Duplin County native, Herring was instrumental in the creation of the state’s community college system in 1963 while serving as chairman of the State Board of Education. He might best be known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “…take people from where they are, as far as they can go.”

Duplin Winery and the N.C. Community Colleges Foundation paid for the portraits. At its last meeting, the State Board of Community Colleges passed a resolution naming its regular meeting room the Dr. W. Dallas Herring State Board Room.

At JCC, Herring’s portrait will hang in the Pines Conference Room, the primary meeting location for trustees.

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