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County honors retiring Nash Community College president

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Nash County commissioners paid effusive tribute on Monday to Nash Community College President William “Bill” Carver, who is retiring after serving the college in various positions for 32 years.

Carver joined Nash Community College in 1987 as director of the Small Business Center. He later became director of business and industry services, dean of continuing education, vice president for instruction and in 2005, became the college’s fourth president.

As members of the college’s Board of Trustees, staff and Carver’s wife looked on, Commissioner Wayne Outlaw gave special remarks and presented Carver with a framed copy of a resolution detailing his accomplishments.

Outlaw, who serves as a college trustee, said he came onto the board as a skeptic and “became a believer” in Carver’s leadership. He praised Carver for his vision, empathy, creativity, motivational skills, management, team-building, service, thoroughness, integrity and ability to take risks.

“Leaders like Dr. Carver are way ahead of their time,” he said, “and that is evident when you look at all that has been accomplished on his watch at Nash Community College, including strong fiscal management.”

He added, “You have made a positive difference in the lives of all that you have touched, leaving a legacy that will not be forgotten.”

The commissioners’ resolution details Carver’s contributions to the college and the community and expresses gratitude “for the excellence in leadership, innovation, and growth Dr. Bill Carver has given and realized through his career at Nash Community College. The county is fortunate to have benefited from his skills, knowledge and talents.”

Other commissioners echoed Outlaw’s praise of Carver and expressed their own thanks for his service and best wishes for retirement.

In brief remarks, Carver gave credit to various mentors during his years at the college and praised his staff.

Later in the meeting, commissioners honored two more retiring employees, deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office who were presented with their service revolvers, a law enforcement tradition.

Lt. Keith Corbett retired after more than 20 years and nine months on June 28. He served the department in a variety of roles, most prominently as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program coordinator in addition to supervising all of the county’s school resource officers.

“Lt. Keith Corbett has instructed well over 2,500 fifth grade Nash-Rocky Mount students over the three-year period assigned as the DARE officer,” said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina. “It is strongly believed Keith Corbett has left a positive and impactful influence in the students and hopefully those life values will be carried over into their adulthood and communities.”

Also retiring on July 1 was Deputy Raymond Nichols, who served the county for 10 years in the sheriff’s office civil division with assignments in the court and serving evictions after retiring from the N.C. State Highway Patrol with 30 years of law enforcement experience, including two separate occasions as a K-9 officer.