William Dallas Herring.
The North Carolina General Assembly paid special tribute to the
"Father of Community Colleges" by passing joint resolution
honoring the late William Dallas Herring. Herring, in addition to his
role in the creation of the North Carolina Community College System,
also served as the chairman of the State Board of Education during the
tumultuous time of desegregation. Herring died in January at age 90. The
North Carolina Community College System enrolls more than 800,000
students in 58 comprehensive community colleges.