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Lee named Johnston Community College vice president

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SMITHFIELD — Terri Holston Lee is the new vice president of institutional effectiveness and strategic initiatives at Johnston Community College.

In her new role, Lee will lead institutional effectiveness, strategic enrollment management and information technology services at JCC.

A Smithfield native, Lee said she is most excited about using data-informed decisions to improve student success and the college’s student experience.

JCC launched its strategic enrollment management team two years ago in an effort to develop strategies and initiatives in support of enrollment growth. The college experienced both enrollment and full-time employee growth this past summer and this fall semester for the first time in several years.

“My primary goal at this point is to ensure the successful launch of the college’s first strategic enrollment management plan, which will help the college successfully attract more students, retain current students and lead all students to completion,” said Lee. “Through our SEM initiatives, we really started working together cross-divisionally to achieve our goals.”

Lee has worked at JCC for 19 years serving previously as librarian, director of instructional technology and distance education and most recently as executive director of planning, research, effectiveness and strategy.

JCC President David Johnson praised Lee for her commitment to the college.

“Having worked with Dr. Lee for the past 10 years, I have found her to be totally committed to the college and especially effective in facilitating new projects,” said Johnson. “Terri is thoughtful in her decision making, thorough in analyses and quick to respond to whatever I throw at her. Her ability to be agile is critical to the function of our Administrative Council team.”

She earned her doctorate of education in higher education administration from N.C. State University; her master of library and information studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and her bachelor of arts in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lee said JCC has served a positive role in her life as well as her family’s life. Her mother graduated from the early childhood program and her brother was a college transfer student there. Her husband, John, is also a philosophy instructor at JCC.

“Having served at the college for almost two decades now, I’ve seen a lot of changes, and I look forward to continuing to work to make JCC the first choice for higher education for Johnstonians,” said Lee.

Lee and her husband, John, live in Smithfield with their two sons, Tony, 9, and John Taylor, 6.

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