Haywood Community College is led by its President, Dr. Shelley White, the Haywood Community College Board of Trustees, and other key stakeholders within the college.
Dr. Shelley White
Welcome to Haywood Community College! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and discover all the college has to offer. At HCC our vision is to enrich everyone through education. We work to accomplish this each day through our mission of serving the educational needs and economic growth of our community by promoting lifelong student learning and success. Whether you are looking to start or advance your career, learn a new skill or enriching pastime - HCC has something for you!
HCC has a rich history of providing education and training to the citizens of our community and region since 1965. The college’s main campus in Clyde, NC, designated as a campus arboretum, is a beautiful outdoor laboratory for many programs of study and recreational opportunities, including disc golf, hiking, and birdwatching. In addition, HCC supports our workforce, industry, and small businesses through the Regional High Tech Center in Waynesville, and has a third location for courses in West Waynesville. Supporting our outdoor programs of study, the college also has four teaching forests throughout Haywood County providing a variety of learning experiences for our students.
Since my arrival in January of 2020, our community has seen many changes and challenges as a result of the global pandemic and devastating floods. As a college family, we have approached these challenges with a positive outlook, engaging our creativity, flexibility, and care for one another to emerge even stronger together. Looking toward the future, I am excited to proceed with the work of growing Haywood County’s skilled workforce, preparing students for higher academic achievement, promoting economic development, and providing community enrichment opportunities. Haywood Community College is the place to begin your next step – join us to enrich YOUR life through education!
Code of Ethics for Chief Executive Officers of Community Colleges
Haywood Community College's President follows the Code Of Ethics as approved by the AACC Board of Directors
The Chief Executive Officer of the community college helps to determine ethical standards for his/her institution through personal conduct and institutional leadership.
The Chief Executive Officer is expected to maintain the highest ethical standards through his/her individual actions and decisions within the institution and to expect adherence to the same standards by Boards of Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students.
A set of core values can help foster the ethical standards for an institution. The following core values can serve as a guide for Chief Executive Officers:
The Chief Executive Officer and other members of the campus organization should strive to promote the following core values both internally and externally.
- Trust and respect for all individuals;
- Honesty in all actions;
- Just and fair treatment of all people;
- Integrity in all actions.
Responsibilities to Board Members
- The Chief Executive Officer will strive to ensure that all members of the Board receive essential information efficiently and in a timely manner.
- The Chief Executive Officer will avoid direct conflicts of interest and actions that might create the impression of a conflict of interest.
- The Chief Executive Officer has an obligation to accurately represent the Board in internal and public communications, both written and oral.
- The Chief Executive Officer is expected to execute Board policies and decisions in a conscientious and timely manner.
- The Chief Executive Officer has the responsibility to foster teamwork among Board members and to facilitate a sense of common purpose.
Responsibilities to Administration, Faculty and Staff
- The Chief Executive Officer has the obligation to encourage the highest standards of excellence in teaching and learning.
- The Chief Executive Officer has the duty to encourage standards of excellence in the advancement and application of knowledge.
- The Chief Executive Officer will promote and support an institutional environment that fosters open communication among all administrators, faculty, staff and students.
- The Chief Executive Officer will respect the integrity and professionalism of administrators, faculty and staff at all times.
- The Chief Executive Officer will set expectations for the highest ethical standard and actively encourage adherence throughout the institution.
- The Chief Executive Officer shall not use the CEO position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself/herself or others.
- The Chief Executive Officer should strive to ensure that administrators, faculty and staff do not engage in sexual or other inappropriate behavior with students.
- The Chief Executive Officer will seek and respect the recommendations of administrators, faculty, staff and students in matters pertaining to college life and governance.
- The Chief Executive Officer has the obligation to treat all college employees fairly and equitably.
- The Chief Executive Officer will work to preserve confidentiality, to provide appropriate due process, and to allow a clearly specified process for corrective action among all college employees.
Responsibilities to Students
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that all students are treated equally and with respect.
- The Chief Executive Officer will promote diversity both internally and externally.
- The Chief Executive Officer will work to provide educational opportunity that embraces the highest standards of excellence and access for all students.
- The Chief Executive Officer will seek sufficient resources to ensure viable programs of study.
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that accurate and complete descriptions of available academic programs are provided to students through official college communications channels.
- The Chief Executive Officer will seek recommendations from students with respect to college decisions that affect them.
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that there is no unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, or exploitation of students in any aspect of college life.
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students.
Responsibilities to Other Educational Institutions
- The Chief Executive Officer will keep both his/her office staff and members of the college community informed of key developments at local, state and federal levels.
- The Chief Executive Officer will be honest and forthright in reporting college data, budgets and needs of the institution to the public.
- The Chief Executive Officer will honor all agreements and maintain confidential information as allowed by law.
- The Chief Executive Officer will promote collaboration among institutions.
Responsibilities to Business, Civic Groups and the Community at Large
- The Chief Executive Officer will work to ensure that the college is continually meeting the changing program needs of its state and local community.
- The Chief Executive Officer will set expectations that are realistic and will work vigorously to facilitate the realization of those expectations.
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that all parties have the opportunity to express individual viewpoints regarding college policies.
- The Chief Executive Officer will facilitate opportunities for all groups to participate in the programs of the college.
- The Chief Executive Officer will avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest in contracts, services or the sharing of information.
- The Chief Executive Officer will honor all laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of the college.
Rights of Chief Executive Officers
A Chief Executive Officer should have the right:
- To work in an open, honest, and professional environment;
- To a clear, written statement of the expectations of the Board of Trustees;
- To participate in setting goals and policies of the college;
- To a written contract between the Board and the Chief Executive Officer outlining conditions of employment, method of evaluation, and levels of compensation;
- To have a clear and concise job description outlining duties, expectations of the Board, and areas of responsibility for the CEO;
- To a clearly defined scope of authority and to exercise judgment and perform agreed upon duties without disruption or harassment;
- To not be placed in a position, by board action or political pressure, to participate in any activity which would be deemed to be unethical or illegal under state, local or federal laws;
- To be able to select the management team that will allow the Chief Executive Officer to meet the goals and policies set by the Board of Trustees;
- To be present or represented at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
Members of the Board for 2020-2021
|Name||Appointed by||Appointment Duration|
|James Bylth||Haywood County Board of Commissioners||7/1/18 - 6/30/22|
|H. Lee Davis||Haywood County Board of Commissioners||7/1/21 - 6/30/25|
|Gorham Bradley||Office of NC Governor||8/13/19 - 6/30/23|
|Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson||Haywood County Board of Education||11/8/21 - 6/30/24|
|Tammy Hall McDowell||Office of NC Governor||9/1/20 - 6/30/24|
|Dr. Tom McNeel||Haywood County Board of Education||7/1/18 - 6/30/22|
|Lynn Milner||Haywood County Board of Education||7/1/21 - 6/30/25|
|Dr. Morgan Plemmons||Office of NC Governor||9/7/18 - 6/30/22|
|Dr. Deborah Porto||Haywood County Board of Commissioners||7/1/20 - 6/30/24|
|Kaleb Rathbone||Haywood County Board of Education||7/1/19 - 6/30/23|
|Rhonda Schandevel||Office of NC Governor||7/1/21 - 6/30/25|
|Danny Wingate||Haywood County Board of Commissioners||7/1/19 - 6/30/23|
John Campbell - HCC SGA President
Officers of the Board
Dr. Tom McNeel - Chair
Lynn Milner - Vice Chair
Dr. Shelley White - Secretary
Vision (Who we want to be)
To Enrich Everyone Through Education
Mission (Who we are)
We serve the educational needs and economic growth of our community, by promoting lifelong student learning and success.
Core Values (What guides us)
Approved: June 1, 2021
Providing a helpful and encouraging environment where exceptional learning and experiences can exist.
Working together for a shared purpose by fostering positive and productive relationships with diverse populations throughout the college and our community.
Striving for the ongoing pursuit of the highest quality inside and outside the classroom.
Maintaining honest and open relationships, utilizing strong ethical principles, in everything we do.
Encouraging thinking and exploring beyond the bounds of traditional ideas.
Strategic Plan for Institutional Excellence Goals and Objectives
Approved: June 1, 2021
Goals are defined for a 5-year period. The Objectives defined herein are for the 2021-2022 academic year only. Further objectives will be defined in the second half of the academic year for the following academic year.
Goal 1 Increase enrollment by 2% a year over a five-year period college-wide, with a 1% increase coming from Haywood County residents (Enrollment).
Objective 1 Develop and execute a formal recruiting strategy that focuses on increasing the diversity of the student body and prioritizes programming that proactively responds to community and student needs.
Goal 2 Consistent year-over-year improvement on our engagement levels with students, community, and employees (Engagement).
Objective 1 Define the vision for community engagement and develop the strategy to achieve that vision.
Goal 3 Progress on our short- and long-term facilities and infrastructure needs based on our comprehensive infrastructure facility roadmap (Facilities & Infrastructure).
Objective 1 Develop a formal, comprehensive, and well-integrated technology, infrastructure,
and facilities roadmap.
Objective 2 Advanced planning for highest priority projects.
Goal 4 Meet or exceed expectations on employee engagement, diverse representation, people development, and talent recruitment, based on a defined workplace culture of excellence, well-being, and high performance (Talent).
Objective 1 Measure and grow employee satisfaction with year over year improvement.
Goal 5 Increase student success by 10% over a five-year period, to ensure students are progressing on or meeting their goals and the college is providing skilled workers to the community (Growth).
Objective 1 Increase student retention rate by 2% over the next year.
An electronic copy of the strategic plan as an Adobe PDF can be downloaded using one of the following links: