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Godwin: College is charting its course for next 50 years

Sunday, April 27, 2014

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) President Angeline Godwin said during her inauguration on Friday that she aims to help the college chart a course for its next five decades.

PHCC celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago, around the time that she was hired as the college’s third president.

Coinciding with the inauguration, the college unveiled a new logo featuring a compass as part of a new branding strategy entitled “Charting the Course for the Next 50 Years: Together Forward.” The strategy comes amid an ongoing strategic planning process.

Alluding to the compass logo, Godwin said she wants to use “the power of passion” to chart a course for “our true north” — what she described as the “direction you go in despite what’s going on around you.”

For PHCC, she said, “our true north must always be what’s best for our students ... the only reason why we’re (college employees) here.”

Godwin said faculty and staff members must “show up, speak up and stand up” for whatever is necessary to benefit students and help them learn.

So far in the strategic planning process, she said, she has heard repeatedly from people that PHCC should “stay focused on (helping) students and the community” and find resources to help keep college affordable.

She indicated those will be major goals.

“The ones we teach will be our future” in the community, Godwin said, and “the best investment you could ever make in the future is ... an education.”

Overall, “we’re here to develop talent” that will help the community and its economy grow, she said.

Godwin said she recognizes PHCC’s “power of place” in the community.

“It’s a beautiful place,” she said of the campus, mentioning that for some students, “it may be the cleanest, safest place” they routinely encounter.

“I do not take that for granted,” she added.

Godwin called her inauguration “a humbling experience.”

During her speech, she thanked various PHCC employees who went “above and beyond the call of duty” to help her get acclimated to the college.

Godwin, 54, said she plans to be present when PHCC celebrates completing its next 50 years. At that time, it will celebrate its centennial anniversary.

“I don’t know what you heard” in that comment, PHCC Board Chairman Eddie White joked with the audience, “but I heard we’ve got a 50-year commitment” by Godwin to be president.


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