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The Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of President at Western Piedmont Community College. The President serves as  the Chief Executive Officer and reports directly to an appointed thirteen member Board.

The Presidential Profile will be found at the bottom of this column.

About WPCC

Watergate Display at WPCCWestern Piedmont Community College (WPCC), chartered on April 2, 1964, as a member of the North Carolina Community College System, will celebrate its 50th year of education service to area residents in April, 2014. The College’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community.

Among WPCC’s goals are to develop an engaged competent citizenry; nurture and develop the potential of every student; maintain a safe, supportive environment; provide professional development and competitive compensation for employees; increase the diversity of students; explore and implement distance learning opportunities; develop a comprehensive, technology-based infrastructure; make decisions driven by data; institute external funding, and plan facilities that meet student needs. In 2008, WPCC was one of seven colleges in the state to receive recognition for Exceptional Institutional Performance based on standards established by the North Carolina General Assembly.

WPCC LibraryApproximately 4,000 students enroll each year to pursue college transfer degrees, two year associate degrees, and diplomas. More than 10,000 students enroll in continuing education courses for professional development and personal enrichment. The College also provides programs for high school completion.

About Burke County

Photo of Table Rock and the Linville GorgeWPCC is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 64 within the corporate limits of Morganton, NC (pop. 16,918), the county seat. Burke County (pop. 90,505) was established in 1777 and named in honor of the third governor of North Carolina, Thomas Burke. Eighty percent of curriculum students attending WPCC live in Burke County. Of this number, sixty percent commute within a ten-mile radius of the campus. The remaining students commute from adjacent Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, and more than twenty other NC counties. Burke County, made up of 514 square miles, is comprised of seven incorporated municipalities, each with a unique history and charm. Western Piedmont is surrounded by scenic views of Table Rock, the South Mountains, and Linville Gorge.

Presidential Profile

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institute strongly preferred with an earned master’s degree from an accredited institute required.
  • Minimum of three years of senior-level community college administrative experience or equivalent required.

Desired Traits and Characteristics

  • An understanding and appreciation of the proper relationship between the Board and the President
  • A proven commitment to using the talents and skills of faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in the decision-making processes
  • A visible leader who is accessible to all constituents within the colleges and greater communities and works well with students, faculty, classified staff, and administration
  • An innovative and creative leader committed to academic excellence and student success, possessing the ability to inspire and motivate faculty and staff to fulfill their responsibility to the maximum extent while providing high quality and accessible programs and services to students
  • A demonstrated record of visionary and effective leadership that includes balanced support for all programs and services across the College
  • A demonstrated ability to use collaborative leadership skills to build and implement effective plans that include actively supporting the development of partnerships between the College, business and industry, other educational organizations, cultural entities, and civic organizations throughout our service area
  • Is a consensus-builder with a leadership style that allows others to perform their responsibilities and serve students to the maximum extent of their abilities
  • An administrator of high integrity who sets high standards for him/her self and others and expects full accountability with a commitment to the core values of the College and respect for its traditions and past success
  • Demonstrated support for new technologies that expand learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely and fair manner
  • Has demonstrated a passion for the two-year college mission and an understanding of the unique role the college plays in the lives of students and the community served
  • An ethical administrator of great integrity who sets high personal standards with a record of fair and honest leadership resulting in the development of a high level of trust within the College and with the greater community
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and a willingness to make tough decisions
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively oversee the management of fiscal affairs, to ensure the equitable and effective allocation of resources, and to expand the resource base of the district with a proven ability to obtain additional funds for the College through alternative means


Application Procedure

General Inquiries

To make general inquiries about Western Piedmont Community College or for clarification regarding application materials, contact Ms. Dereama Coffin, Search Liaison to the Board, at (828) 448-3102 ordcoffin@wpcc.edu

Confidential Inquiries

Confidential inquiries about the position, the application process or search process should be directed to the Board’s Search Consultant, Dr. Donny Hunter, at (919) 467-9754, ext. 223 (office), (919) 809-2423 (cell) orhunter@ncacct.org

The only application materials that will be considered at this time are:

  • A letter of interest not to exceed five pages addressing the items on the presidential profile
  • A current resume
  • Information and Reference Form
    (choose format):

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Nominations and applications may be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by 12:00 noon (EST) March 6, 2014.

Please allow ample time for delivery. Applicants assume full responsibility for the method of delivery selected and any resulting delays in delivery.

Applications may be mailed or transmitted via email (Please do not send materials via both methods). Faxed materials will not be accepted. Only the application materials listed above are to be submitted. The Information and Reference Form must have an original signature or, if emailed, an electronic signature.

Please mail application materials to:

Western Piedmont Community College
President Search
Attention: Ms. Dereama Coffin
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655


Please email application materials to:
Ms. Dereama Coffin (dcoffin@wpcc.edu)