Dr. Janet Spriggs Announced As Respondent for 2022 Dallas Herring Lecture

Forsyth Technical Community College President Dr. Janet Spriggs will join Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor of Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, to highlight ways to advance equity and economic mobility within community college systems.

NC State’s College of Education and Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research announced today that Dr. Janet Spriggs, President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, will be North Carolina’s featured respondent at the 2022 Dallas Herring Lecture on November 8, 2022.

Held in honor of W. Dallas Herring, the annual event invites college leaders from across the country to address critical issues facing community colleges and to explore and propose a new path forward. This year, Mike Flores, Ph.D., chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, will lead the conversation with a lecture titled Community Colleges in Action: Advancing Equity and Enhancing Economic Mobility Using Local Collective Impact Strategies.

Immediately following Flores’ address, Dr. Spriggs will join the conversation with remarks focused on advancing equity and economic mobility by sharing adaptable models being put in practice in North Carolina.

The 2022 Dallas Herring Lecture will take place virtually on Tuesday, November 8 from 1-3 p.m. EST. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register online here.

Dr. Janet Spriggs is the seventh President of Forsyth Technical Community College. A lifelong educator and former community college student, Spriggs brings more than 25 years of service to the North Carolina Community College System. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University, a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University.

Her passion is for the power of education to change lives and the vital role community colleges play as catalysts for inclusive excellence in higher education, workforce, and economic development. As a student-centered visionary, Dr. Spriggs is dedicated to fostering high-quality learning, improving completion, advancing equity of success for students, and expanding post-graduation success.

“I have witnessed countless life-changing moments that illustrate the power of education to transform lives,” said Dr. Spriggs, “As a low-income, first-generation student, education changed my life. As a leader, I am committed to a culture where inclusion is weaved into the fabric of who we are.”

For more information and to register online for the virtual Dallas Herring Lecture on November 8th, please register here.


About the Dallas Herring Lecture: A Rose Hill, N.C. native, W. Dallas Herring made it his life’s work to build a system that would serve all of North Carolina’s residents by preparing them for productive work and active citizenship. Beginning in 1955, he served on the North Carolina State Board of Education for almost 25 years, during which he oversaw the development of a statewide system of technical education institutes that eventually became the North Carolina Community College System. Since 2015, the annual Dallas Herring Lecture has focused on national issues contextualized to North Carolina, inviting top community college leaders to speak on urgent and emerging topics, framing how to address the issues and proposing a path forward. The impact of the event has grown exponentially over the past several years, and has helped to elevate issues related to community colleges and led to action to address such issues in North Carolina.

About the Belk Center: The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, at North Carolina State University, develops and sustains exceptional community college leaders who are committed to advancing equitable college access and student success, the social and economic mobility of their colleges’ students, and the economic competitiveness of their regions. The Belk Center is part of NC State’s College of Education, one of the leading land-grant colleges of education in the nation. The Center provides professional development and research related to current and emerging student success opportunities and challenges facing community college leaders and policymakers in North Carolina and the nation. For more information, please visit www.belk-center.ced.ncsu.edu.

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