"The one core value on our campuses that must remain consistent in today's global economy is our passion and commitment to improve the lives of the people we serve. We must continuously strive to remain relevant for the workforce and provide access for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Our focus has transitioned from one of maintaining to one of being a catalyst in our community through intentional actions that lead to a positive return on investment for our stakeholders and our college."
-Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw
On August 6, 2006, Catawba Valley Community College welcomed the third president in the college's then 48-year history: Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw. Immediately, he set the bar high: to become the Best Community College in America.
Dr. Hinshaw is quoted as saying, “the student is always the most important person on our campus.” The journey that began August 6, 2006 continues today with many initiatives resulting in a win/win for all of our stakeholders.” Some of these include:
In 2016, CVCC was ranked #1 by NICHE as the best community college of 58 within North Carolina. Rankings were based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U. S. Department of Education.
Dr. Hinshaw's leadership is recognized at the state, local, and national level as he serves on various boards, panels, and committees. He led the college as we won a grant from N.C. IDEA last year that will enable the college to continue development and promotion of entrepreneurs at the local and state level.
Through his leadership and collaborative efforts, the college is continually recreating itself, and in the process, redefining the region's economy.
Dr. Hinshaw collaborated with the local entities of public education in Catawba County, Employers, and Catawba County Government to develop the k64 concept in late 2016. This initiative will provide seamless education opportunities to all students beginning at the kindergarten level and going through retirement.