HCC Unveils Portrait of Dr. Dallas Herring
In celebration of W. Dallas Herring Day, Haywood Community College unveiled a portrait of Herring that is displayed in the HCC Board Room. Herring is considered the philosophical godfather of the state’s Community College System.
As the chair of the State Board of Education in 1963, Herring was instrumental in the creation of the community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all. Herring was a life-long advocate for the state’s community colleges and the System’s “Open Door” philosophy – a result of Herring’s leadership during the System’s early years.
“Dallas Herring was a visionary who understood that education could be a defining factor in a person’s life,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President. “His legacy has brought us to where we are today – one of the most comprehensive community college systems in the nation, educating people of all ages, training the state’s workforce and providing college transfer opportunities.”
The portrait of Herring was sponsored by Duplin Winery, of Herring’s home county, and by the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation.
Perhaps Herring’s philosophy is best summed in this quote-"The only valid philosophy for North Carolina is the philosophy of total education; a belief in the incomparable worth of all human beings, whose talents (however great or however limited or however different from the traditional) the state needs and must develop to the fullest possible degree. That is why the doors to the institutions of North Carolina's system of community colleges must never be closed to anyone of suitable age who can learn what they teach. We must take people where they are and carry them as far as they can go within the assigned functions of the system." – Dr. W. Dallas Herring