The Tart Building is named for the founding president of Johnston Community College,
John L. Tart, who was also a member of the North Carolina Legislature, and served
from 1969 until his retirement in 1998.
The 51,000-square-foot Tart Building includes a public-use auditorium, the SJCCTV studio, media services staff, classroom space for various academic programs and Student Success Center.
The building is also home to the box office and the Great Hall which is used for a variety of College and public functions. The 1,007-seat Paul A. Johnston Auditorium enables the College to showcase national touring performing arts programs and serves as the site for many local and regional events, such as recitals, pageants, band concerts, lectures, and other special community events.