Donald Reichard ’70, M’72, president of Johnston Community College (N.C.), received the Wachovia President of the Year Award recognizing outstanding leadership by a community college president. Reichard was honored Friday, Nov. 16 at the Day of Recognition Luncheon hosted by the State Board of Community Colleges. He received a plaque and $8,000, and the college foundation received $2,000.
JCC President Dr. Donald Reichard, center, is congratulated by Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, left, chair of the State Board of Community Colleges, and Lyn Austin, chair of the JCC Board of Trustees, on being named the Wachovia President of the Year.
Leader of JCC since 1998, Reichard has been aggressive in his mission to ensure his college takes advantage of innovation opportunities and provides the programs and services required by the increasingly diverse community. He imparts to his faculty and staff an energy and vision that foster progressive action directed toward educational and economic needs in one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing counties.
A native of Greenville, Pa., Reichard is a U.S. Army Reserve and Virginia Army National Guard veteran. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from IUP and a doctorate in higher education administration from the College of William and Mary. Reichard was an instructor and later a division chairman at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Va. He came to North Carolina in 1984 as dean of academic services at James Sprunt Community College and served as president of the college from 1989 to 1998.
Reichard has been published in several national community college publications. A strong believer in global education, he has worked internationally to advance community colleges in the United Kingdom and Thailand.
Reichard was president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents from 2006 to 2007. Governor Mike Easley awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2002.
Reichard summed up his approach to community college leadership this way: “A college must look to the future and must strategically position itself for that future. A college must always plan ahead. If not, it is really moving backwards.”
Reichard and his wife, Mary Best, live in Clayton, N.C., with their daughter, Carmen.