PCC Alum Earns ECU 40 Under Forty Recognition

Rob Goldberg | January 10th, 2020

WINTERVILLE—When East Carolina University celebrates the 2020 Class of 40 Under Forty Leadership Award recipients this spring, Pitt Community College’s John Carrere will be among the emerging leaders honored.

Carrere, who has been helping students get off to a great start at PCC since joining the college in 2013 as recruitment and orientation specialist, is a 2008 ECU graduate. He said he was “incredibly grateful” to have even been nominated for the 40 Under Forty Award by colleagues who deemed him worthy of the recognition.

“I’m excited, humbled and honored to be selected for a 40 Under Forty Leadership Award,” Carrere said. “My time at East Carolina University as a student and in a professional capacity helped establish the standards of leadership I strive to exhibit each day.”

ECU’s Division of Student Affairs began presenting 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards in April 2015. The honor was created to recognize emerging leaders who received their start at ECU, as well as those who have used their ECU experiences to make significant impacts in their respective professions, local communities, and on the world.

A Bayboro native, Carrere earned an associate in arts degree from PCC in 2005 before enrolling at ECU for a bachelor’s degree from the School of Communication. Upon graduation from East Carolina, he worked as an enrollment services officer with the university’s admissions office for five years before moving on to PCC.

In addition to his daily work with Pitt students, which resulted in a Staff Excellence Award in 2017, Carrere served as chair of the PCC Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a member of the PCC Foundation Board of Directors. He graduated from the N.C. Community College Leadership Program in 2017.

“I have the fortune of working with an incredible staff at Pitt Community College,” Carrere said. “They continually provide me with opportunities to grow as a leader and positively impact my community in a variety of ways.”

Carrere’s commitment to community service includes coaching local youth athletic teams, serving on the ECU Pirate Club Pitt County Board of Directors, and volunteering with the Pitt County Special Olympics and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

The 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards Committee, comprised of ECU alumni and staff, announced this year’s 40 Under Forty class in December. The committee had an extremely challenging task in choosing 40 award recipients from the 230 exceptionally accomplished and committed leaders nominated.

Carrere and his fellow honorees will be recognized and celebrated during the 6th Annual Division of Student Affairs 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards Banquet on April 18.


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