SCC Instructor Retiring After Four Decades of Service

[CLINTON, N.C.] – Odds are if you are an adult in Sampson County, you have taken a class offered by Paul Wolf. Wolf, a Psychology instructor at Sampson Community College, has taught here for 38 years. The college just celebrated its 50th Anniversary last year and Wolf has been there for most of them.

Things have changed quite a bit since I first got here,” says Wolf. “In my early days there were only two buildings on this campus. Now there are several. The student population has changed and we have more diversity on campus.”


Wolf says he too has had to change. “Your teaching methods have to change to keep up with the times. Technology changes and you have to adapt to keep moving forward. This has been a real adventure.” Wolf says for a long time he just did not feel like it was time to retire. His wife, also a former instructor at SCC, retired a few years ago and now he felt the time was right.

Lew Gravis, Sociology instructor for 27 years and a colleague of Wolf, says the two became fast friends. “Paul knows how obsessed I am w neatness and organization,” says Gravis. “I came in to work on my birthday one year and everything in my office had been switched around. Pens had different caps, my computer keyboard was unplugged and everything was out of place. I knew it was him.”

State employee retirement regulations dictate that an employee in the North Carolina system cannot return to employment within six months after they retire. After that time, if an employee wishes to work and the employer has a need, the employee can serve in some capacity for the employer. Wolf has not ruled that out in the future.

“There were lots of people, some here still and some not,” he says. A lot of them worked many years to establish what we now know as Sampson Community College. I hope as we hand off the baton they continue to invest time and effort into the college to make it even better in the future.


About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.