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Editorial: Wingett leaves legacy of growth at PHCC
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Max Wingett has retired as president of Patrick Henry Community College. He leaves after 34 years of impressive growth at the college.
Since Wingett took the helm of the college in 1978, it has nearly tripled its enrollment to about 3,500 students, developed original career and technical programs such as motorsports technology and wine-making, and was the first community college in Virginia to have sports programs sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association. That athletic program and the college’s developmental study program have brought it national recognition.
PHCC also has been at the forefront of retraining displaced workers, training residents in the skills of the future and using distance learning so area students do not have to leave home to pursue higher degrees. It also has raised millions for the college’s foundation as well as to construct both the Walker Fine Arts Center and the J. Burness Frith Economic Development Center.
We congratulate Wingett on a long, distinguished career that left Patrick Henry Community College, and the Henry County-Martinsville area, far better off.