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Commissioners welcome new Nash Community College president

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NASHVILLE — The Nash County Board of Commissioners welcomed the new president of Nash Community College at its Monday meeting.

“I’m humbled and proud to be here,” said Lew Hunnicutt.

Hired in August, Hunnicutt began his new position on Nov. 1.

“It’s like coming home,” said Hunnicutt, a Texan who has most recently lived and worked in Georgia.

Hunnicutt most recently served as the assistant provost and campus director for the University of Georgia-Griffin.

Having moved to Whitakers over the last few weeks, Hunnicutt said it takes him an extra 20 minutes to shop at Tractor Supply Co. or Lowe’s Home Improvement because fellow customers have so many positive comments to make about the college.

“I’ve never seen such county support for a community college,” Hunnicutt said.

Big things are on the way for the community college, Hunnicutt said.

As the college’s fifth president, Hunnicutt said he’s standing on the shoulders of four great leaders who built a tremendous college.

Former NCC President Bill Carver retired Oct. 31 after more than three decades of service in the state’s community college system.

Hunnicutt said his goal is to empower students and help them graduate with a useful education without huge debt attached.

Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Wayne Outlaw, a member of the college’s Board of Trustees, said he knew in his gut that Hunnicutt was the right candidate for the job when he walked into the interview.

Outlaw said Hunnicutt will enjoy a long and successful career at the community college.

Hunnicutt said he’s felt very welcomed in the community, and for the first year he will get to know everyone before major changes are considered.

Hunnicutt holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Tarleton State University, three master’s degrees and a doctorate in animal science from the University of Wyoming. He served as vice president of extended services at Frank Phillips College in Texas before joining the administrative team at the University of Georgia.

Hunnicutt was selected from a pool of nearly 50 applicants.