Durham Technical Community College President William Ingram was recognized during an award ceremony Wednesday for his outstanding community impact and passion for student engagement.
The 2017 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award was presented to Ingram during a North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) Presidents Forum award ceremony at North Carolina A&T State University. Ingram become the first community college president to receive the award since its inception in 2012.
More than 35 college presidents and chancellors attended the ceremony, which honored the more than 30 years Ingram has served Durham Tech and the Durham community. The award recipient was nominated and selected by fellow presidents and chancellors whose institutions are members of the Campus Compact.
“Dr. Ingram has used his experience to support those who need it the most,” Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University and executive board chair of NCCC, told the audience during the award presentation Wednesday.
Ingram first came to Durham Tech in 1983 as director of the Continuing Education department, and later succeeded in a variety of administrative posts, including as the college’s chief instructional officer. In 2008, Ingram became the college’s fourth president where he has worked to support student success and strengthen community connections. To celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary in 2011, Ingram declared a “Year of Service,” which tripled student volunteerism at the college and exponentially grew service-learning course offerings.
In 2011, Ingram worked with local officials to pass a quarter-cent increase in the county sales tax, with proceeds going to improve public education in Durham. His efforts resulted in Durham Tech receiving $1 million annually, which is allocated for the college’s ConnectFunds, a need-based financial aid program that assists recent graduates of Durham Public Schools and county residents, including those enrolled in Durham Tech’s Adult High School Diploma program. ConnectFunds have helped hundreds of residents meet their education and career goals.
In 2015, Ingram created the Center for College and Community Service to unite service learning, co-curricular service and volunteerism, and the Campus Harvest Food Pantry. The pantry distributed more than 30,000 pounds of food to 500 students in 2016 alone. The Center also hosts the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Durham, which places community members aged 55 and up at non-profit agencies to help meet critical community needs.
Beyond Durham Tech, Ingram serves on the boards of directors for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Made in Durham, a cross-sector community partnership that aims to create educational and job opportunities for disconnected youth. He is past president of the Durham Rotary Club, a former trustee of the Durham County Public Library, and former chair of the Durham Public Education Network.
President Ingram is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of Leadership Durham, Leadership Triangle, Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and the Advanced Future Leaders Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges.