Sandhills Community College
Sandhills Community College is a community college located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Sandhills was chartered in 1963, and officially opened October 1, 1965.
Shortly after the passage of legislation establishing Sandhills Community College, H. Clifton Blue of Aberdeen, NC led a group or prominent Moore County, NC citizens in petitioning the State Board of Education to establish a community college i Moore County. Upon approval of the petition, the citizens of Moore County voted in favor of a one million dollar bond issue for capital construction and a tax levy for the maintenance of college facilities. The first Board of Trustees meeting occurred on December 4, 1963. Later that month on December 27, Dr. Raymond Stone was named the first president of the college. Sandhills was chartered in 1963. The buildings were designed by local architects Hayes-Howell and Associates and built on 180 acres donated by Mrs. Mary Luman Meyer. The ground-breaking was in November of 1964. Legend has it that Dr. Stone and a few others were having lunch at The Gray Fox in downtown Pinehurst and Stone admired the courtyard of the restaurant (now Theo's Taverna). He requested courtyards be implemented into the design of the college buildings. The palladium windows were said to be inspired by the Boyd House in downtown Southern Pines. Sandhills Community College officially opened October 1, 1965 with classes being held in nine different temporary locations in the downtown area of Southern Pines. The administrative office were above Patches Department Store, which is now The Ice Cream Parlor. The college moved to the current location in September of 1966. Dr. John Dempsey assumed the presidency in 1989 and serves to this date. He is one of the most sought-after public speakers in Moore and Hoke counties. A Vietnam veteran and political scientist by training, he often speaks to civic groups about current affairs and is one of the regionï¿½s strongest advocate for education as the means to regional success. Dempsey contributes time and expertise to community, regional and national organizations. Locally, Dr. Dempsey has served, or is currently serving, on the board of Partners in Progress and FirstHealth of the Carolinas, and has chaired the boards of the United Way and the Boys and Girls Club. Dempsey has received many awards in recognition of his dedication to organizations. He was named Man of the Year by the Moore County Community Foundation, was the inaugural recipient of the Moore County United Wayï¿½s Cornerstone Award and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pinehurst Civic Group. Dr. Dempsey is first and foremost a patriot, and he was instrumental in the successful launch locally of the Sentinels of Freedom Program, which aids severely injured servicemen and servicewomen.
The Mission of Sandhills Community College is to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality to all the people of the Sandhills.
150 Acres (0.61ï¿½Km2)