Dr. Bob H. Greene, Past President of Forsyth Tech, Receives 2011 I.E. Ready Award

Distinction Is Highest Honor Bestowed by State Board of Community Colleges

(WINSTON-SALEM, February 22, 2011) – The NC State Board of Community Colleges has named Dr. Bob H. Greene, past president of Forsyth Tech, the 2011 recipient of the I. E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NC State Board of Community Colleges. Dr. Greene will receive the award at the North Carolina Community College 2011 Excellence Event on April 14, 2011, at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the NC State campus in Raleigh.

Dr. Greene, who continues to live in Winston-Salem, served as Forsyth Tech’s fifth president from 1981 – 1995. During his tenure at Forsyth Tech, Dr. Greene was instrumental in managing unprecedented growth at the college, including:

  • More than doubling the physical size of the campus, from 177,554 square feet to 471,759 square feet
  • Overseeing the construction and opening of five new buildings on Main Campus
  • Acquiring the former Dalton Jr. High School on Bolton Street and renovating it to house and expand the college’s Corporate and Continuing Education division
  • Acquiring the properties and planning for two off-campus centers, known today as the Grady Swisher Center and the Mazie Woodruff Center
  • Promoting the passage of two bond referenda for the college to help fund its expansion
  • Securing hospital funding in close cooperation with the presidents of the two local hospitals for a building that now houses the nursing and allied health programs. Prior to Dr. Greene’s retirement, the College Board of Trustees approved naming the new health technology center Bob H. Greene Hall.
  • Growing the college’s enrollment to the fifth largest in the state.

Dr. Greene served as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges from 1995 – 2009. During this time, he was a member of the Program Services Committee, serving as its Chairman from 2001 – 2005, among other positions held.

Dr. Greene also served as Liaison to the Joint Education Governing Boards, which included representatives from the UNC Board of Governors, the State Board of Education, and the Independent Colleges and Universities. This work led directly to the greatest level of cooperation that the state’s University System and Community Colleges has ever seen.

Dr. Greene has served for many years on the board of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The Bob H. Greene College Scholarship Program was named in his honor to support the children of Goodwill employees who demonstrate involvement in their communities and represent the values of Goodwill.

In addition, Dr. Greene has served as Chairman of the Board for Carolina Medicorp, Inc. (now known as Forsyth Medical Center) and United Way of Forsyth County.

In 1990, Dr. Greene was honored as one of the nation’s most innovative community college president by the League of Innovation in Community Colleges.

The I. E. Ready award was created in 1983 to recognize individuals who have made significant, statewide contributions to the establishment, development or enhancement of the North Carolina Community College System. The award is named for the late Issac Epps Ready, who was the first president of the North Carolina Community College System.

The award is sponsored by the State Board of Community Colleges and endowed by R.J. Reynolds.

Previous recipients of this award include Governor James B. Hunt; former executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Thomas W. Lambeth; and Martin Lancaster, former President of the North Carolina Community College System.

CAPTION: Dr. Bob H. Greene served as president of Forsyth Tech from 1981 – 1995.