Gadsden, Ala.–Mr. Pierce C. Cain, the founding president of Harry M. Ayers State Technical College, now named the Ayers Campus of Gadsden State Community College, passed away on August 24, 2009. Mr. Cain was a great educator in Calhoun County, a former teacher, coach and principal.
Mr. Cain will be greatly missed by his former students and employees, and remembered as a caring person of great character and strong-minded integrity. The Pierce C. Cain Learning Resource Center at the Ayers Campus honors Mr. Cain’s contribution to education in Calhoun County and surrounding areas.
The Pierce C. Cain Exceptional Achievement in Teaching Award was established to recognize excellence in teaching at Gadsden State and is presented annually in his honor. With regard to students, Mr. Cain always felt that the college should “latch on to their apperception base” by listening and giving credence to the opinion of students. He valued the assessment of community needs and strived to meet those needs through what was being offered at the college. When interviewed, Mr. Cain said, “Every person has value and something to contribute, and I always tried my best to figure out what it was.” He said that his reward was witnessing his students’ progress and successful careers.
Gadsden State President W. Darryl Harrison said, “His impact and influence in the field of education spans more than five decades. During this time he enriched the lives of generations of students who have become leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and builders in the community and throughout the region. Gadsden State is grateful for his educational and community contributions.”