CLYDE — Haywood Community College’s newest president was welcomed last week in a reception at the foyer to Charles Beall Auditorium.

Shelley White was named the seventh president in the college’s 55-year history last fall after spending nearly two decades at A-B Tech in Asheville where she focused on workforce development and continuing education. White has long lived in Haywood County. She took over her new duties on Jan. 1.

White told the crowd she was delighted to be at Haywood Community College, an institution whose leaders had inspired her with their care and dedication. She thanked her husband, Lee, for 19 years of love and support, as well as the staff and students, who have gone out of their way to welcome her.

She said students are the whole reason for the college’s existence, and shared a story of one student she met who studied at HCC 15 years ago, and had recently returned to school. She will graduate this year.

“It is a reminder that we are excellent in meeting students where they are and taking them as far as they can go,” she said.

White said she is delighted with the excellent partnerships that exist between the college and other community entities and said she is excited to work with all in the community as the college moves forward to a bright future.

“I’m honored to be your president,” she said.

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