DOBSON – The president of Surry Community College on Thursday was celebrated after having been named the 2017 President of the Year by the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.
Surrounded by family, friends, former and current co-workers, and the Surry Community College Board of Trustees, Shockley was presented with the 2017 President of the Year Award by Dr. Darrell Saunders of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.
The gathering was held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on the college’s Dobson campus.
In January, The Surry Community College Board of Trustees was notified of Dr. David Shockley’s recognition; after Chairman Alice Connelly nominated Shockley with an eight-page narrative.
The award encourages, identifies, and rewards outstanding leadership and commitment to the community college’s mission among the presidents, something Shockley’s peers all agreed were traits he portrayed.
Connolly, chair of the SCC Board of Trustees, welcomed the audience and provided remarks about Shockley’s accomplishments as president of Surry Community College. Connolly also spoke of how Shockley had a history of serving his community and of his strong leadership skills.
Under Dr. Shockley, the college has increased high school student attendance by 400 percent, increased the Surry Community College Foundation’s funding by 60 percent to $8.4 million, and has added 58 additional acres, increasing the college property by 56 percent, said Connolly.
Also, under Shockley’s leadership, Surry has become a model community college in the NCWorks Customized Training program, according to a statement released by the college. The college was ranked No. 4 in the state for the number of customized training projects among community colleges in 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to Connolly.
In surrounding counties, through Shockley’s supervision, the college has expanded its reach into Yadkin County with the introduction of two degree programs – Associate in Arts and Mechatronics – at the Yadkin Center beginning in the Fall of 2016, which allows all Yadkin County students the ability to complete an Associate in Arts degree without leaving Yadkin County, “an opportunity never before offered,” stated Connolly.
“An Industrial Training Center was also built on the Dobson campus in 2014 to feature a reinvigorated Computer-Integrated Machining program. Under Shockley’s headship, Surry Community College is now a top tier community college due to its integration of information technologies, ” added Connolly before beginning to wrap up her speech.
Connolly stated that she could go on and on about Shockley’s accomplishments since 2012 while serving as the president at Surry Community College, but that guest would be there all night.
Special guests Dr. James C. Williamson, President of the North Carolina Community College System, and Bill McBrayer of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges also provided remarks.
Presenting the award, Dr. Darrell Saunders, chair for NC. State Board of Community Colleges, spoke of the remarkable impact Shockley has made on both the Surry and Yadkin County communities and his exceptional leadership.
“He has proven to his colleagues that he is a force to be reckoned with,” stated Saunders.
In accepting the award, Shockley said he needed to add three asterisks to his name on the plaque to include his family and loved ones; the Surry Community College community including the college’s Board of Trustees, his executive team, faculty, staff and students; and the Surry and Yadkin community of business leaders who strive to make Surry Community College strong.
“I am very honored to be recognized amongst my 58 peers by the NC State Board of Community Colleges, the most successful community college system in the nation,” Shockley said.
“I am so appreciative of all the encouragement from my family and colleagues over the years.”
“Without the support of the Surry Community College Board of Trustees, our community partners, students, faculty and staff, this honor wouldn’t have been possible. This award represents a team effort, an entire body of work, at Surry Community College. I truly feel blessed to be President of Surry Community College.”
“We are poised for the best years yet,” added Shockley
The President of the Year Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, was established by the State Board of Community Colleges in 2001.
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