Principal Sampson: Catherine Ezzell Joyner
Sampson County resident Catherine Ezzell Joyner takes her role on the Board of Directors of Sampson Community College (SCC) seriously. For Joyner, serving as President of Ezzell Trucking, Inc. and serving on the Board of Directors has allowed her to bring a unique perspective of the local business community to the Board.
When approached to join the CSC board, Joyner said she jumped at the chance. Like many other board members, Joyner found much to celebrate and enjoy about the local community college.
“The school motto ‘Begin Here, Go Anywhere’ resonates throughout our community: Education is such an integral part of all aspects of life, and I truly believe that everyone should see themselves as an all learner. throughout life, ”commented Joyner. “SCC offers individuals the chance to achieve their goals in life. “
For Joyner, being a driving force for changes that positively impact the local community is just one benefit of the work the board does. Joyner’s advocacy for students and local businesses goes hand in hand as a board member. She was instrumental in championing the Transportation Basics program, a hybrid program for high school students interested in the truck driver training program.
Lisa Turlington, Dean of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, agrees.
“Catherine brings an industry perspective and business acumen to the board, and her work experience and knowledge of the regional workforce are assets for the college,” said Turlington.
Joyner believes that every board member has the best interests of the students of CSC and Sampson County at heart when making decisions and discussions arise. As chairman of
Ezzell Trucking, Inc., Joyner has seen first-hand how essential good leadership is for any organization.
“Leaders set an example – they provide guidance to others in their organization while working alongside their peers, helping to move the entire organization forward,” Joyner noted.
These are qualities that she tries to exemplify at every monthly board meeting, and she believes that the entire board is a role model. CSC President Dr. Bill Starling says Joyner certainly sets an example for everyone who interacts with her in college.
“Catherine brings both her professional business education and hands-on experience to the College’s efforts to better serve our local farming and manufacturing community,” said Starling. “As a young mother who balances work and home, she provides a role model for many of our staff and faculty who have similar responsibilities. “
For Joyner, being a board member allows her to continue to champion the community around her, which she says is special about Clinton. Getting involved, helping out and participating in community outreach is easy to do.
“In a community like Clinton, you will find dozens of people helping those around them,” Joyner concluded.