Colleague of former PCC President speaks on his achievements

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A former Pitt Community College president passed away this past Wednesday. Now, his friend and colleague is remembering the ways he helped grow the school.

Dr. Charles Russell was 85 years old when he passed away. He was the president of Pitt Community College from 1983 to 2003.

Susan Nobles worked with him for more than 16 years as a senior staff member. But she said he knew him well before the job as they used to be neighbors, and Russell’s wife was her third-grade teacher.

“He was a tremendous leader. He grew up in eastern North Carolina. He loved the people of Eastern, North Carolina, and he did everything he could to be sure that all students, young and old, had an opportunity to go to college,” said Nobles.

Nobles said he was still involved in the college even after he retired.

“Dr. Russell and Mrs. Russell we’re very actively involved in PCC they attended many of our events and were strong supporters of all of the things we did as well as our Pitt Community College Foundation,” said Nobles.

Nobles said during Dr. Russell’s time as president he added 16 new programs, 7 new buildings and enrolled thousands of students. The Charles E. Russell building was also named in his honor in 2012.