History

The college was built on land donated by Paul D. Camp’s daughters. A supporter of education, Paul D. Camp and his brothers founded the lumber company, Camp Manufacturing in 1887.

After starting a paper mill, the Franklin facility became a part of Union Camp Corporation, and finally, International Paper.

Timeline:

  • Founded in 1970 and opened in 1971.
  • Offered classes in the John Randolph Elementary School building in Suffolk in 1979.
  • Started an off-campus center in a building on Pinner Street in Suffolk in 1982.
  • Opened PDCCC at Smithfield on the top floor of the Smithfield Library In 1993. Renovated and leased for free to college by Isle of Wight County.
  • Opened the Hobbs Suffolk Campus by 1995; built on land donated by the Oliver K. Hobbs Sr. family.
  • Completed the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin in 2002.

Paul D. Camp Presidents:

Dr. Perry Adams
1970-1979

Dr. Johnnie Merritt
1980-1983

Dr. Michael B. McCall
1984-1988

Dr. Edwin L. Barnes
1988-1992

Dr. Jerome J. Friga
1992-2002

Dr. Douglas W. Boyce
2002-2010

Dr. Paul Wm. Conco
2010-present

Riley Best