College Launches President Search


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Morganton, NC – Western Piedmont Community College’s WPCC Seal Colorized(WPCC) Trustees, who began the search in January 2014 for the College’s next President, invited members of the public to offer their thoughts at the Presidential Search Forum recently.  The purpose of the forum was to gain input from the community as well as the College’s faculty, staff, and students regarding the leadership skills desired in the next WPCC president.  Dr. Jim W. Burnett, WPCC’s current President, announced his retirement in November 2013 to be effective July 31, 2014.

“As a community college, an essential element of our search process will be to have input from the community, the Board, Faculty, Staff and Students about what qualities they want in a President,” said Ron Martin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the College.  “Once we have defined the qualifications for the new President, our greatest challenge will be selecting someone who will be a good ‘fit’ for the college and community,” Martin continued.  “We will be looking for an individual with exceptional leadership qualities that can elevate the College to an even higher academic level.”

Information gained from the public forum will be considered when Trustees create a profile and description of characteristics desired for the incoming President.  The profile will be included in the local, regional and national advertisements used in the search.

In the coming weeks, a Search Committee consisting of representatives of the College, the Trustees, and the community appointed by the Trustee board chair will review applications and submit a list of the top 10 to 12   potential candidates to the Trustees for consideration.  Once the names of the selected finalists have been submitted, the search process is solely in the hands of the Trustees and formal interviews will begin.  The Trustees have selected Dr. Donny Hunter, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees (NCACCT), to assist with the search process.  Following candidate interviews, the Trustees will choose the three most qualified candidate applications and forward them to the North Carolina Community College System Board for evaluation of qualifications.  WPCC Trustees will then select the next College President.

For more information on the WPCC Presidential Search Forum, call Dereama Coffin, Executive Assistant to the President, at 828-448-3102.