A Meet & Greet reception Monday hosted by the Dunn Area Committee of 100 Inc. at Triangle South Enterprise Center welcomed the sixth president to lead Central Carolina Community College, which has campuses in Lee, Harnett and Chatham counties.
Dr. Lisa M. Chapman, the former senior vice president and chief academic officer at the North Carolina Community College System Office in Raleigh, took the reign as CCCC president April 1. She succeeded Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, who served as president for more than 10 years.
Members of the Dunn Area Committee of 100, Dunn city officials and representatives from CCCC were among those attending the reception Monday held in the cafeteria at Triangle South.
Triangle South is a small business incubator located at 600 S. Magnolia Ave. in Dunn that is administered by the Dunn Area Committee of 100 along with CCCC and its Small Business Center.
“We look forward to an ongoing and growing relationship with the board of the Central Carolina Community Foundation,” Gene Jernigan, treasurer of the Dunn Area Committee of 100 Inc., said in his welcoming remarks.
Dunn Mayor Oscar Harris welcomed Chapman. He thanked the college for not only its partnership at Triangle South, but also with the CCCC Dunn Enrichment Center in the former Harnett Training School campus at 660 E. Johnson St.
He noted that the Dunn Enrichment Center served young and old and was home to a Head Start program, Dunn PAL (Police Athletic and Activities League) serving at-risk youth, the Harnett County Early College, the CCCC Dunn Senior Center and senior citizens apartments.
“We welcome you and thank you for what you have done and what you will be doing with us in the future,” Harris said.
Harris presented Chapman with a framed portrait of the Dunn Enrichment Center campus embedded with the note, “Presented to Dr. Lisa M. Chapman, President, CCCC, July 29, 2019. In deep appreciation of the partnership between CCCC and the City of Dunn.”
Before beginning to serve on the state level in 2014, Chapman worked with CCCC for 27 years as an instructor, chair of the Math and Science Department, academic dean, vice president of Academic Affairs/chief academic officer and executive vice president of instruction/chief academic officer.
Chapman said during her time at CCCC, she had an opportunity to learn from the past three presidents — Dr. Marvin R. Joyner (1983-2004), Dr. Matthew S. Garrett (2004-2008) and Marchant (2008 to April 2019).
“They are three very different people, but they all three had the same goal, and that was ensuring that CCCC was the partner it needed to be in the communities that it served,” Chapman said. “And so I learned from the best — we’re not going to change that. Partnership was always important, it’s even more important today.”
Chapman talked about CCCC’s role as an economic partner and fulfilling the educational needs in the community.
“As we talk about what we do in the community, we want to be the economic partner that our community needs us to be,” she said. “And we know that the talent pipeline has to have that educational piece and that educational piece is ever changing ... we need to be engaged in that as a very active and supportive partner, and we want to be, and we will continue to be.”