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Commissioners meet JCC’s interim president

Posted on May 8, 2022

Updated on May 14, 2022

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Ken Boham, who will be interim president of Johnston Community College, took time last week to introduce himself to Johnston County commissioners.

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Ken Boham, who will be interim president of Johnston Community College, took time last week to introduce himself to Johnston County commissioners.

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SMITHFIELD — County Commissioners on May 2 had just paused for a photo with Miss Johnston County and Miss Johnston County Outstanding Teen.

Next on the board’s agenda, Ken Boham introduced himself as the interim president of Johnston Community College. “Thank you for making me follow that,” he said. “No one is going to want to take a picture with me.”

Boham kept the rest of his introduction just as light.

“I’m married to my original wife,” he said, “and we have two children. In fact, my daughter will graduate next weekend with her MBA from UNC Charlotte. “I’m very proud of her and my son.”

Boham also has a 15-month-old grandson. “So he and my place at the beach and my wife take up the time that I’m not playing golf in my retirement,” he said.

Boham was president of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for 21 years. During his tenure there, Caldwell ranked just behind Johnston Community College in enrollment.

“The whole time I was at Caldwell, we ranked 15th out of 58 institutions,” he told commissioners. “Johnston Community College was 14th. I always wanted to get by Johnston Community College and (then-president) Don Reichard, having no idea I could be here.”

Boham joked that his aim was to drive JCC’s enrollment down so Caldwell could eclipse it.

“That’s not going to me my goal,” he said. “I look forward to working with the folks at Johnston Community College. And I sure look forward to providing excellent service and educational opportunities to the citizens of Johnston County, not only the public but to the corporate.”

Commissioner Ted Godwin said he had spent some time with Boham before the board’s meeting. “I think Johnston Community College is most fortunate to have him here,” Godwin said. “He’s one of us.”

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