Janet Spriggs

2020-21 Aspen New Presidents Fellow
2018-19 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs became the seventh president for Forsyth Technical Community College on January 1, 2019. Prior to joining Forsyth Tech, she served seven years in various executive leadership roles at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and fifteen years as an executive leader at Carteret Community College. Dr. Spriggs has over 23 years of service in the North Carolina Community College System, and she was one of 40 leaders selected from across the nation as a rising presidents fellow in the 2018-2019 Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Spriggs grew up in Milton, North Carolina, and she is proud to be a former community college student, having attended two North Carolina community colleges: Rockingham Community College and Durham Technical Community College. In 2018, Dr. Spriggs earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She also holds a master’s degree in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Roger Williams University.

Dr. Spriggs is a student-centered visionary who believes that knowledge is power and education is a great leveler. She is passionate about the vital role community colleges play in advancing social mobility and as catalysts for workforce development. “I have witnessed countless life-changing moments that illustrate the power of education to transform lives,” Dr. Spriggs said, “and as a low-income, first-generation student myself, education changed my life. As a community college president, I am committed to a culture of belonging for students, staff and faculty, where inclusion is weaved into the fabric of who we are and not merely ‘bolted’ on.”

She has been married to her husband, Doug, for more than 30 years, and they love spending time with their five children, three grandchildren (number 4 due to arrive in 2020), and two Norfolk Terriers.