Dr. Twyla Wells is JCC’s New VP of Advancement and Community Relations

Published: December 17, 2019

Dr. Twyla Wells is JCC's new vice president of advancement and community relations.Wells says she’s excited about the new leadership role.

Dr. Twyla Casey Wells is the new vice president of advancement and community relations at Johnston Community College.

In her new role, Wells serves as the college’s chief advancement and community outreach officer providing leadership in planning, organizing, and directing all Foundation and auxiliary services of the college including the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, Howell Woods, Frank Creech Art Gallery, Barnes and Noble bookstore, and food services. She will also oversee the college’s communications and marketing team.

A Princeton native, Wells said she is thrilled to accept her new responsibilities.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead these critical areas of the college,” she said. “I look forward to determining how we can better serve our internal and external communities through our auxiliary programs while continuing to build upon the communications and marketing efforts.”

Wells said her initial focus will be to develop strategic plans for the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium and Howell Woods. The Paul A. Johnston Auditorium has been under renovation for the past year and a half and is expected to re-open in summer 2020.

“These two facilities are wonderful assets and are unique to a community college campus,” Wells said. “We are very fortunate to have these along with the Frank Creech Art Gallery as part of our programming. I am so very excited to work with our citizens to create opportunities to further connect learning, JCC and our communities.”

Wells has worked at JCC for 19 years serving previously as public information officer and grants director, director of resource development, and most recently as executive director of the JCC Foundation.

“What has impressed me most about Dr. Wells is her ability to connect with people,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “She shows genuine sense of care and concern for all she comes to know. I have no doubt Twyla will thrive in her new position. The college is fortunate to have her here.”

Wells earned both her doctor of education and master’s in education in adult and community college education from N.C. State. She received her bachelor of music in vocal education from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

She has also completed several certificates including nonprofit management, grantsmanship management, community college presidency and community college leadership.

Wells is the recipient of the 2018 Athena International Leadership Award recipient for Johnston County. She is also a member of Clayton Rotary, Triangle East Chamber of Commerce Chamber Business Women’s Network (CBWN), and a graduate and facilitator for Leadership Johnston County.

Wells and her son, John, a high school senior, live in Princeton.

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