A Message From the President

Message from the president


Dr. Greg P. Smith

By Dr. Greg P. Smith, College president

I'm pleased to report that Central Community College progressed toward a major goal when students at our Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses signed pledges to stay at CCC and complete their intended degree, diploma or certificate. The signing events were sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on each campus. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for students at two-year colleges. I want to thank our members for helping the college progress toward its pledge to produce 50 percent more graduates by 2020, a commitment we made last year when we signed “Democracy's Call to Action.”

We advanced a second major goal this year when Minetta Khan joined the staff as sustainability coordinator. Minetta has met with virtually all CCC employees about sustainability and she will play a key role in helping the college keep the promise we made when we signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. You can read an update on our sustainability efforts elsewhere in the report.

A major change in leadership occurred in August 2012 when Grand Island Campus President Dr. Lynn Black retired after an illustrious 31-year career with Central Community College, not counting the two years he first spent as a Hastings Campus student. We thank Lynn for his innumerable contributions to CCC. He truly has left an indelible mark on the college.

Dr. Michael Calvert joined the CCC staff as the new Grand Island Campus president. Mike has served in a wide range of positions during his 29 years in higher education and we welcome the insight and fresh perspective he brings to the college.

The college was recognized for a number of accomplishments during the year including being named a Military Friendly School for 2012 by G.I. Jobs magazine, which ranked CCC in the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges for services to students who have served the country in the armed forces. Check out the College Honors section of this report to learn more.

In November 2011, CCC hosted the Nebraska Community College Association’s annual conference in Grand Island. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Walter Bumphus, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community College. Dr. Bumphus was the keynote speaker for the conference and conducted a listening session to gain perspective Nebraska community college leaders. His message was inspiring and his listening session was greatly appreciated.

As part of our sustainability effort, the 2011-12 College President's Annual Report is available only online this year, for the first time. I hope you will read through the report and learn more about the accomplishments of the college and our alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Written by Dr. Greg Smith   
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 23:46