Paul D. Camp Community College inspires local lawyer to continue educational goals

Dan CrumplerP. Daniel Crumpler III is a firm believer that students can live at home, work a job, and save a lot of money by attending community college. After all, he is living proof that educational goals can be attained no matter what obstacles are encountered in life.
 
The attorney with Parker, Clark and Crumpler Law Firm in Franklin found himself back home in Sunbeam unexpectedly after going out-of-state to college.
 
“During my freshman year in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of South Carolina, I got sick and had to come home,” Crumpler said. “I earned my associate’s degree in general education at Paul D. Camp Community College.”
 
Completing his degree in a year and a half, Crumpler and his excellent scores allowed him to transfer to the College of William and Mary. However, he studied there for one semester before deciding to enroll at Old Dominion University, where he transferred all of his credits from PDCCC.
 
“It was great,” he said. “Everything transferred without a hitch to the college of my choice and I was able to graduate on time.” Crumpler earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at ODU in May 1981.
 
He returned to PDCCC to work as the recruiter for the college. He also worked as a disc jockey at WLQM until fall of 1982 when he went back to college to earn his law degree at University of Richmond. There Crumpler served as class president and student body president. He earned his law degree in 1985 and passed the bar exam on the first attempt.
 
The following year, he joined the law office of Parker and Clark, taking on cases in real estate, personal injury, domestic, and wills and estates. Thirty years later, Crumpler works alongside his wife, Amanda, at the North Main Street law office in downtown Franklin and lives on the family farm where he was born and raised. They have two sons, ages 21 and 13, and attend Sunbeam Baptist Church.
 
Although it’s been years since Crumpler was enrolled at PDCCC, he still believes in the college’s mission of providing “diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.”
 
“I was fortunate that the community college was here for me when I returned from South Carolina,” he said.
 
For more information regarding educational opportunities or workforce training, call PDCCC at 757-569-6700.