Jennifer Haygood has served the NC Community College System since 2008 in various roles.
Currently as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Haygood is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the System Office and creating a fully integrated, highly performing System Office team that supports the System’s mission.
While contemporaneously performing her duties as System Office Chief of Staff, Haygood served as Acting President of the NC Community College System from October 2017 through May 2018, while the State Board conducted it search for a permanent System president. She also served eight years as the System’s CFO from September 2008 through October 2016, leading the division responsible for managing approximately $1.5 billion in State, federal, and tuition funds that support the state’s 58 community colleges and the System Office.
Prior to working for the NC Community College System, Haygood worked for the Fiscal Research Division of the NC General Assembly and the Education Section of the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Haygood earned a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) degree from Duke University and received her undergraduate degree from Rice University. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a Teach for America corps member and taught elementary school in inner-city New Orleans. Currently Haygood also serves on the boards of the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), SECU Foundation, and College Foundation, Inc. When she’s not working, Ms. Haygood likes to travel, hike, enjoy time outside, and spend time with friends and family.