Mission & History


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North Carolina Campus Compact builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.


Since 2002, presidents and chancellors have been able to declare their commitment to the civic mission of higher education by joining North Carolina Campus Compact. They join a national Compact created in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. Concerned that the media was portraying college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, these leaders raised the profile of campuses promoting and encouraging student community involvement. Campus Compact now has 1,200 presidents and chancellors leading engagement with their communities. North Carolina’s is the 26th of 34 state Compacts that have formed.

North Carolina Campus Volunteers (NCCV) laid the foundation for NC Campus Compact.  Formed in 1993, this coalition of students and staff saw a need to unify campus volunteerism across the state. Each year they hosted a Student Conference and Service Learning Institute. NCCV merged with NC Campus Compact when it formed in 2002, and the Compact has continued to host the yearly conferences.

Elon University president Leo M. Lambert served as the Executive Board Chair until 2008 and hosts the NC Campus Compact office on Elon’s campus. Chancellor Ken Peacock, Appalachian State University, served as the Chair from 2008-2014. High Point University president, Nido Qubein began serving as chair in July 2014. John H. Barnhill was the founding Executive Director, followed by Dr. Lisa Keyne, who served from 2006-2014. Leslie Garvin began serving as the Executive Director in January 2015, after serving in the Interim role for five months.  

Presidents and Chancellors that join the Compact commit their institutions to becoming “engaged campuses.”  The only coalition that brings together the diverse collection of North Carolina colleges and universities around a common commitment to higher education’s civic purposes, North Carolina Campus Compact is a powerful ally in making the case for civic engagement, public service and campus-community partnerships – and for sustaining the momentum for higher education’s public service role in North Carolina.