SMITHFIELD – Dr. David Johnson, President of Johnston Community College announced his resignation Friday.
“After serving as JCC’s president for the last 13 years, it is with mixed emotions that I announce I will be stepping down from my position May 15, 2022. While I am excited to pursue new opportunities ahead, I am able to look back with satisfaction on the work we have done together to chart a pathway to success for the thousands of students who have benefited from JCC’s educational programs.”
“TOGETHER, we implemented the One College model, our institutional commitment and philosophy for student success. TOGETHER, we renovated and completed new campus facilities, including the Health Building, Learning Resource Building, and Student Success Center. TOGETHER, we have added new program offerings, including Supply Chain Management, LPN, Digital Media, Cybersecurity, and Entrepreneurship. TOGETHER, JCC was selected as the winner of the 2018 Bellwether Award, in recognition of our outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are leading community colleges into the future. TOGETHER, we have increased the JCC Foundation’s endowment to an amount over $10 million. TOGETHER, we have implemented programs to enhance belonging at JCC and a renewed spirit of diversity and inclusion within our community. TOGETHER, we are in the process of building a state-of-the-art Engineering building. And TOGETHER, we weathered the uncertainties and difficulties—often in both our personal and professional lives—brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am grateful that TOGETHER we have maneuvered through the last 2+ years with fortitude and resilience. JCC is stronger now than ever before.”
“This good work we have done together has made a difference in so many lives across Johnston County. With hope and certainty, I look forward to the future of JCC and its continued impact on the students it serves. It has been my honor to lead JCC,” Dr. Johnson stated.
Following Dr. Johnson’s public announcement, Lyn Austin, Chair of the JCC Board of Trustees, released the following statement: “The Board appreciates Dr. Johnson’s leadership over the last 13 years. His leadership moved the college forward in many areas, and we wish him the best as he pursues other opportunities. As we look ahead, our Board will be moving forward in an efficient manner to begin the steps to find our new President. To that end, and to facilitate a smooth transition into a new administration, we will be putting in place an Interim President to serve until such time as our new President is chosen.”
“The most important work a Board of Trustees undertakes is hiring a president. We will be seeking input from our faculty, staff, students, business stakeholders, and community to find just the right person for this wonderful college. We will cast a wide net in and outside NC to get the best possible candidate. Johnston County has experienced significant growth over the last several years, and we are expecting even more growth in the future. The College is committed to meeting the needs of our students as well as business and industry and county to provide a well educated, highly skilled, and trained workforce. During this transition period the dedicated excellent faculty and staff at the College will continue to deliver a fist class education to our students.”
“We have had great successes and accomplishments in the past but Community Colleges never rest on their laurels they always look ahead. This Board will work hard to find the leader that the College needs and deserves,” Austin said.
In August 2021, an audit and separate independent investigation was requested by the JCC Board of Trustees following allegations one or more JCC administrators failed to follow written policy and procedures, including the promotion process. An email tip sent to The Johnston County Report last year alleged a “culture” of mismanagement and “incompetent administrators” who were protected even after complaints were made by lower-level staff. We could not verify the allegations. The report findings were not made public.
JCC officials would not say if Dr. Johnson’s resignation had any connection to the audit or independent investigation.