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For more than 60 years, NC State’s College of Education has supported and advanced community colleges across the state. Building upon the pioneering work of W. Dallas Herring and Ed Boone, we have strengthened our efforts to support all 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System by developing a national model and a pipeline of talented N.C. community college leaders – ultimately strengthening North Carolina’s economic vitality.

In recent years, like many other states across the country, North Carolina has been challenged with a leadership shortage in the community college system. But, thanks to generous funding from the John M. Belk Endowment, the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research will continue to serve North Carolina’s community colleges by creating tools, convening leaders and catalyzing social and economic mobility for learners – creating stronger, more resilient communities.

Belk Center Timeline


Gregory Haile, J.D., delivering the 2021 Dallas Herring Lecture
  • NC State College of Education receives a $525,000 grant from the Belk Endowment to launch the Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership program
  • NC State College of Education hosts annual Dallas Herring Lecture with a new focus on community college practitioners



MC Belk Pilon and Chancellor Woodson at the grand opening of the Belk Center office



Group discussion at the September 2022 Rural College Leaders Event