The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious Pitt Community College offers. It recognizes alumni with outstanding and uncommon achievement in their professions, in civic/community affairs, and/or in service to the college.
Recipients should have adhered to standards of moral and ethical conduct that would cause the college to be proud to present the award to the recipient as a role model for students and other alumni.
This award is presented to those who have attended Pitt Community College for a minimum of two semesters, completed their educational goal(s), and meet criteria for alumni status as defined by PCC Alumni Association bylaws. Current college employees are excluded from consideration.
Receiving this award does not prevent one from receiving any other alumni awards if so selected. Selections by the Awards Committee are not subject to vote by the total Alumni Association Board of Directors.
All nomination forms/materials should be submitted online or be on letter or legal size paper and easily-reproducible form. Nominations cannot be considered without supporting documentation. The Alumni Biographical Form is required for each nominee before consideration by the selection committee and the recipient is required to attend the President’s Reception.
Charles C. “Cam” Coburn
Cam Coburn graduated in 2009 from Pitt Community College from the Criminal Justice program. He later completed an Associate of Arts in 2011. In 2012, he graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and then in 2015 obtained a Masters of Justice Administration from Methodist University. Cam is very accomplished in his career, as he has worked as an adjunct instructor for PCC, worked for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pitt County Detention Center. Cam is now the Pitt Area Transit Director. Elizabeth Hemingway Hardy said, “Cameron Coburn lives his life in a way that he continually helps others and strives to always be his best self. He as a heart of service which is evident based upon his involvement in church and community, his volunteer efforts, as well as his many years in law enforcement.”
David Laney graduated from Pitt Community College in 1990 with a degree in Applied Science in Architectural Drafting Technology. He started working for C.A. Lewis, Inc in 1995, now the current President for C. A. Lewis, Inc. David is a LEED Accredited Professional along with being a qualifier for the NC General Contractor License. David is a member of Oakmont Baptist Church and volunteers with First Born Food Community Development Center. David is married to Wendy and they have two sons.
A Greenville native, Nichols is a 1977 accounting graduate who is now president of SCA Collections, an accounts receivable collection, management and consulting firm he founded in 1980. Though he could not attend this month’s ceremony, he recorded a video in which he called the Distinguished Alumni Award a great honor.
“In 1975, I came to Pitt Technical Institute unsure of the degree or career I was searching for,” Nichols said. “Two years later, I graduated with an associate degree in accounting and took with me business skills that I have used throughout my career.”
“… Our school is a valuable asset to this community,” Nichols said. “It has partnered with business and industry to spawn economic development and train a skilled workforce. We can all be proud of the accomplishments of our school – Pitt Community College.”
PCC Trustee Don Mills nominated Nichols for the award, calling him “an outstanding community volunteer and a successful businessman.”
In addition to his work with SCA Collections, Nichols has served six years on the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was elected its chairman in 2011. He also serves on the N.C Collectors Association Board and has spent time on executive committees for the East Carolina University (ECU) Educational Foundation and the Uptown Greenville Association.
A loyal supporter of PCC Foundation fundraisers through the years, Nichols has also served on the PCC Alumni Association Board of Directors.
John O. Moore
Agricultural Chemistry, AAS (1972)
John O. Moore graduated from Pitt Community College in 1972 with a degree in Agricultural Chemistry. He has an extensive career in broadcasting and marketing. John is retired from the NC National Guard and a Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. John is a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Accommodation Medal. He has served his community and church by committing his time to many boards and committees including, the Pitt County Council on Aging, Pitt County Planning Board, the Farmville Child Development Center Board of Directors, Farmville Lion’s Club, Pitt County Shrine Club, and a Deacon and Elder for Farmville First Christian Church. John also helped establish the Summer Moore Development Center for Cerebral Palsy. Previously John assisted PCC with fundraising efforts as the Community Relations Coordinator.
John currently serves as a Town Commissioner for Farmville, the spokesman for Greenville Toyota, the host for Saturday Night Sock Hop on WNCT-FM 107.9, and is the co-host of Carolina Outdoor Journal on UNC-TV (PBS).
Agriculture, AAS (1984)
Gary graduated from PCC in 1984 with an Associate in Applied Science in Agri-Business and Agri-Chemical Technology. He continued his education at Mount Olive College and earned a BS in Business Administration and Organizational Management. He is the Vice President/Green Market Manager with Alliance One International. Gary has served as a member of the PCC Board of Trustees since 2009. He is also an active member of the PCC Foundation Board. He serves on many PCC committees as well as professional and civic organizations.