A nationwide search for a successor to retiring Pitt Community College (PCC) President G. Dennis Massey concluded Friday morning, May 18, with the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges approving Pitt Community College's nomination of Dr. Lawrence Rouse.
A Kenansville resident, Rouse will join PCC from James Sprunt Community College, where he has served as president and CEO since 2005. "I am honored and grateful the Board of Trustees has selected me to become the next president of Pitt Community College," Rouse said. "The college is a great institution, with dedicated faculty and staff, which offers innovative programs that serve the needs of the community. I am looking forward to joining the Pitt Community College family in August."
Rouse, who has more than 36 years of experience in community college administration, was named the N.C. Community College System's (NCCCS) President of the Year in 2016. His professional background includes work as Dean of Students at Johnston Community College and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management/Dean of Students at South Carolina's Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). He also served as Director of Cooperative Education and Placement Services and as an admissions specialist with CCTC.
PCC's search for Massey's successor began in December and ended u garnering more than 100 applications. Five months later, the search committee discovered that Massey's replacement was just 53 miles from Winterville.
A native of Sumter, S.C., Rouse earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Voorhees College in 1978, a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina in 1992, and a Doctorate of Education from N.C. State University in 1998.
In addition to receiving a National Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness Fellowship as a graduate student, Rosue received the prestigious Kellogg ACCLAIM Fellowship to attend N.C. State.
When he takes office August 1, Rouse will be the fifth person to serve as PCC president in the college's 57-year history, joining Lloyd Spaulding, William Fulford, Charles Russell and Massey. PCC is currently North Carolina's sixth-largest community college in terms of student credit hours. The college serves more than 23,000 students in credit and non-credit programs annually.
Rouse and his wife, Janie, have two children: Lee and Whitney.