On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Cleveland Community College held an inauguration ceremony to formally install Jason Hurst, Ph.D., as the third president.
Wes Westmoreland, chair of the CCC Board of Trustees, welcomed guests, which included community college presidents from across the state; local and state elected officials; Dr. James Petty, the first president of CCC; and faculty and staff.
In his comments to the audience, Westmoreland stated that “Dr. Hurst has embraced the College and its mission and has immersed himself in our community. . .Dr. Hurst has challenged us as a Board, as well as faculty and staff, to step outside of our comfort zone and not be afraid to deviate from the way it has always been.”
Westmoreland went on to say that the Board challenges Hurst to “embrace shared governance; to champion our students and always remember they are the reason we are here; and to turn trials into opportunities. . .to lead boldly as we work together to fulfill the mission of the College.”
Westmoreland administered the Oath of Office and presented Hurst with the Presidential Medallion, featuring the College’s seal. The medallion represents the authority of the president’s position.
In his comments to those present, Hurst thanked all those who work with and support the College. He mentioned being a product of the community college system saying, “I am invested in what we do here, and I believe in what we do. I know that what we do here changes lives forever.”
Hurst concluded his remarks by saying, “As we depart from here this evening, let us each take with us a renewed commitment to always put our students first, to always strive to support one another, and to always keep moving forward.”
The ceremony featured music by harpist, Lelia Lattimore, vocalist Betty Z. Taylor and pianist, Mike Sisk.