Prior to his retirement from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) in 2012 after thirty-two years in state and local government, Kennon Briggs served for four and a half years as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, and for over a decade at Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the System. Before coming to the NCCCS, Mr. Briggs had been a Senior Budget Analyst in the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management for eleven years, with fiscal, policy and oversight responsibility for community colleges and the University of North Carolina System. He began his career in local government, as a County Manager in two counties in the state.
In the six years since retiring, Mr. Briggs has served as either Interim President or Interim Chief Financial Officer at five community colleges in the NCCCS, and enjoys a robust consulting practice that includes Board of Trustee and senior leadership training and professional development, budget and policy analysis, operational and management assessments, and college bylaws and policy manual re-writes. He is considered an expert on community college law. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee at the University of North Carolina Asheville, teaches on-line courses in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University, is a Senior Advisor to Upswing, Inc. – a teaching and learning company, and is an affiliate with Accenture Consulting.
Mr. Briggs has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, and has participated in post-graduate education and training in the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013 he received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”, the highest civilian award given by the Governor for exemplary service to and exceptional accomplishments on behalf of the State of North Carolina. In 2001 he was selected as the Outstanding Fiscal Officer in North Carolina state government.