Wilson Community College welcomed its sixth president, Dr. Jami Woods, on June 1, and she has hit the ground running since she got here. She has been speaking with and listening to staff to discuss priorities, goals, and opportunities, and she’s offered a number of great suggestions that we’re excited to implement as we move into the next academic year.
Last week, the College held an Induction and Welcome Reception, where the NC Community College System President Dr. Jeff Cox officially swore in Dr. Woods. WCC Board of Trustees Chairman Charlie Farris, County Manager Ron Hunt, Wilson City Mayor Carlton Stevens, and WCC Foundation Chairman Matt Whitley gave remarks welcoming Dr. Woods to the College and the Wilson community.
Dr. Woods grew up in North Carolina and has spent her career in the community college system. Woods began teaching as an adjunct in the community college system in 1995, and she began teaching full-time in 1998. Her first administrative role was as a developmental chairperson in 2000. She went on to serve as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2003; and in 2007, she was appointed Chief Academic Officer. Woods’ educational experience expanded in 2015 to include oversight for Student Services. She has served as an accreditation liaison for over ten years, and she is also president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Instructional Administrators group.
Woods served as the Vice President of Instruction from 2009 to 2021 at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC with oversight for Student Services added to her responsibilities in 2015. And most recently, she was the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie. She holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, an MA in English from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in adult and higher education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
“I want to thank everyone in attendance and the entire community for such a warm welcome. I am excited to be on this journey with you all because we are positively changing lives every day through the work of this college. I appreciate in advance your support and your commitment to investing in and elevating our students, the college, and the county,” shared Dr. Woods.
Wilson Community College is thrilled to have Dr. Woods and excited to see where she takes the College under her leadership. She is invested in our students, employees, our community, and business and industry.
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