Pitt Community College president talks about decision to retire

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina college president announced his retirement Wednesday morning.

Pitt Community College (PCC) says their president for the past six years, Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse is retiring this summer.

“At some point you start saying I’ve been in this career for a long time and have made contributions, but it’s time to pass the baton to someone else,” Rouse said.

He has spent more than 42 years working in higher education, and now says he wants to spend more time with his wife, three children, and granddaughter, according to PCC.

“I will cherish the memories and relationships that were formed here at PCC, and I look forward to witnessing the college’s continued growth and success,” Rouse said. “As I step into this new chapter of my life, I am confident that PCC is poised for a bright future, with great accomplishments ahead.”

Rouse has maintained a focus on educational equity and seeing students attain academic credentials through his presidency, according to the community college.

Triumphs during his tenure include PCC earning reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges summer of 2023, opening the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement in the spring of 2023, and purchasing of buildings and land on the former Alliance One property in Farmville last year to use as its PCC Farmville Center for Applied Technology.

“I feel really proud about what we’ve done,” Rouse said. “I don’t say me, but what we’ve done as a team to keep PCC growing.”

PCC says his last day is June 30, 2024.

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