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Regents OK Corinth campus expansion

The North Central Texas College Board of Regents approved leasing of more space in Pinnell Square adjacent to the NCTC Corinth campus during a special session Monday.

The new lease will allow NCTC to expand the college’s information technology programs and also allow for the relocation of the licensed vocational nursing program from the main building in Corinth to seven suites in Pinnell Square.

To house the LVN program at Pinnell Square, the college will lease suites 301-303, which include 5,850 square feet that formerly housed the NCTC gym and workout facility. The monthly rent will be about $7,312. In addition, the college will lease suites 308-311, which include 7,013 square feet adjacent to the current NCTC Lifelong Learning department. Monthly rent for those four suites will be about $8,766.

NCTC will also lease suites 101 and 102, which includes 3,850 square feet, at a cost of about $5,121 per month for the expansion of the information technology programs.

Nominations sought for alumni awards

The North Central Texas College Ex-Students and Friends Association is now accepting nominations for two awards that will be presented at the NCTC Foundation Gala in March.

The F.M. Hemphill Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that can be granted to graduates and former students of North Central Texas College by the group. The award recognizes alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and have shown exceptional leadership qualities.

The Ed Wright Community Service Award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses for meritorious service to the college and/or the community.

Nomination forms can be picked up inside the NCTC Foundation office inside the 100 building on the Gainesville campus. They can also be downloaded at

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 7.

Scholarship to honor family created

Crystal Wright, an NCTC history professor and the daughter-in-law of the late philanthropists Ed and Ona Wright, recently presented a check for $25,000 to NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock and Debbie Sharp, vice president of institutional advancement.

The additional donation was included in the wills of Ed and Ona Wright.

Ed Wright was known around the college as “Mr. Scholarships,” having led the NCTC Foundation in raising enough funds to award more than 12,500 scholarships valued at more than $4.4 million during his 20-year tenure as the foundation’s president.

In 2007, he was awarded the Community Service Award by the NCTC Foundation for his long list of civic involvement. He was a past president of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, served on the board of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Gainesville Memorial Hospital board and was a charter member of the Gainesville Toastmaster’s Club.

In 2013, the community service award at NCTC was renamed the Ed Wright Community Service Award.

The Wright family has now funded eight endowed scholarships at NCTC and one at Texas Christian University. The additional donations included in their will provided funds to award two additional scholarships for NCTC students. These additional funds will be added to the Ona Wright Communication Scholarship and the Ed Wright Real Estate and Business Scholarship.