Dr. Deborah L. Lamm, a 37-year veteran of the North Carolina Community College System, began her current post as president of Edgecombe Community College in 2004.
She has established pioneering programs and unique partnerships at ECC, improving the standard and effectiveness of higher education in Edgecombe County. Her initiatives include the following:
- Designed and developed the EDGE Scholarship based on President Obama’s America’s College Promise. Students with a 2.6 GPA in high school or college and who meet other criteria will receive full funding at the level of in-state tuition – after all other sources of funding are exhausted – for up to a 3-year period. Students are tracked to study successful retention and completion strategies.
- Partnering with Conetoe Family Life Center, including 25 churches, on initiatives for Edgecombe County citizens. Focus on improving healthy eating and active living, which includes structure for program and measurable student and citizen outcomes; and classes in gardening, Community Health Coach, business agriculture, and beekeeping.
- Provided leadership for design, development, and construction of the $12 million, 45,000-square-foot Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus. Simulated hospital is the only one in Eastern North Carolina.
- Provided leadership for career preparedness initiatives. College received North Carolina ACT Career Preparedness Award and National ACT Career Preparedness Award in 2013.
- Created workforce development partnership uniting education, business, government, and economic development in Edgecombe called “Get An Edge Up.” Initiative provides opportunities for all graduates to obtain Certificates of Career Readiness, thereby demonstrating workforce preparedness.
Dr. Lamm holds an Ed.D. degree in higher education administration from NC State University, a master’s degree in English education from East Carolina University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from UNC-Greensboro.
A leader among North Carolina educators, she serves as president of the NC Association of Community College Presidents, past president of the Eastern Presidents’ Association, past chair of the Legislative Committee of the Presidents’ Association, and past co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee of the NC Association of Community College Presidents and the NC Association of Community College Trustees.
In 2007, Dr. Lamm was named one of 100 Incredible Women by East Carolina University. In 2011, she received the I.E. Ready Distinguished Leader Award from NC State University’s College of Education; and in 2015, she received the Eastern Council’s Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award.
Locally, she serves on the board of directors of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce and on the executive committee of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership Board of Directors. Dr. Lamm is a member of the Edgecombe County Chapter of the NC Symphony, the Finance Committee of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the Tarboro Women’s Club. She is past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Tarboro.