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College Leadership

The Board of Trustees of South Piedmont Community College unanimously selected Dr. Maria A. Pharr as the new president of the college.

Pharr has extensive experience in a variety of roles at community colleges, including faculty, staff and administration, as well as state-level positions.

Pharr began her role as President of SPCC on January 3, 2017.

Prior to her position with the NCCCS, Pharr was the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. She also served in a number of roles at Craven Community College (New Bern, NC), including Biology Instructor, Department Chair, Director of Planning and Assessment, and then Dean of Liberal Arts and University Transfer. Pharr began her professional career as a Field Chemist with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Pharr holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and earned her Master of Arts in Science Education and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from East Carolina University.

Pharr succeeds Dr. Jerry McGee, who has served as Interim President of the college since March. Dr. Stan Sidor, who served as SPCC President beginning in 2011, accepted the same position at a community college in Florida in January.

Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Maria Pharr
President, Dr. Maria Pharr


Elizabeth Hamrick
Executive Assistant
to the President, Elizabeth Hamrick
Carl Bishop
Vice President, Academic Affairs & CAO,
Carl Bishop
Julie Sikes
Vice President, Institutional Advancement,
Julie Sikes
Michelle Brock
Vice President, Finance & Administrative
Services & CFO, Michelle Brock
Elaine Clodfelter
Vice President, Student Services/Title IX
Student Coordinator, Elaine Clodfelter

Board of Trustees

Members of the South Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees are appointed by the Governor of North Carolina and the boards of education and the boards of county commissioners in Anson and Union counties. In addition, the president of the Student Government Association serves as an ex officio, non-voting member.

Trustees set policies for the college in accordance with the General Statutes that govern North Carolina Community Colleges as specified in G.S. 115-D and locally adopted bylaws.

Board MembersTermAppointed by:
Aikmus_1366px Mr. Frank Aikmus2016-2020Union County Board of Commissioners
Mr. Christopher Duggan Mr. Christopher Duggan2017-2021Union County Board of Commissioners
Ms. Caroline Hightower Ms. Caroline Hightower2019-2021Governor
Mr. Kenneth W. Horne, Jr Mr. Kenneth W. Horne, Jr., Vice Chair2016-2020Anson County
Board of Commissioners
Mr. Bill HuttonMr. Bill Hutton2018-2022Governor
Mrs. Pat Kahle, Secretary Mrs. Pat Kahle, Secretary2019-2023Union County
Board of Education
Ms. Sharon Knotts Ms. Sharon Knotts2015-2019Anson County
Board of Education
Mr. Harvey H. Leavitt, III Mr. Harvey H. Leavitt, III2017-2021Anson County
Board of Education
Mr. Michael Lutes Mr. Michael Lutes2019-2020Governor
Mr. Bill F. Norwood, ChairMr. Bill F. Norwood, Chair2018-2020Union County
Board of Education
Sheriff Landrick Reid Sheriff Landric Reid2019-2023Governor
Mr. Gary Summerfield Mr. Gary Summerfield2018-2022Union County Board of Commissioners
Thompson_1366px Mr. Jarvis T. Woodburn, Immediate Past Chair2018-2022Anson County
Board of Commissioners
Laura RobedelloMs. Laura Rebolledo, Student Government Association President2019-2020Ex Officio

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