By Holly Desrosier
Upon meeting Carol Mattocks, it is clear that she is a poised, elegant woman who can strike up a casual conversation with anyone. Yet beneath that soft exterior lies a strong, determined and fearless woman who has spent her life tirelessly advocating for children.
A native of Jones County, Carol would shop, do business and spend time with friends in New Bern. She and her husband decided to move here about 30 years ago to truly become a part of the New Bern community.
Carol has always possessed a passion for child welfare, but her purpose came into focus once she took her first job as a social worker for the Department of Social Services. After working with families in need for several years, she knew it was her calling to help children.
Throughout her life, Carol has served on so many local boards and committees that she has lost count. Although it is impossible to list all her contributions to Craven County, the impact is apparent from the results of her altruistic career path and volunteerism.
She is also on the Craven Community College Board of Trustees, which welcomed her in June 2006, and has served as chair. Her focus is on student success and retention.
“We are trying to make sure that students who walk into these doors the very first time will stay here and achieve their goals and get to where they want to be by attending here,” she said. “My priority here is the success of students.”
Although Carol’s accomplishments and contributions to the community are immeasurable, she prefers to be out of the spotlight. Many of her donations will never be realized, but she has definitely left a generous footprint on the community.
“I have been so blessed,” said Carol. “It’s been a great life, and it continues. We all need to work with and for our youth. That’s what’s going to make the community prosper and flourish.