Presidential Search



The Board of Trustees has announced that the search is underway for the next President of Western Piedmont Community College.

Applications are currently being reviewed by the Presidential Search Committee and the portal is closed; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Presidential Profile

Access the Presidential Profile adopted by the WPCC Board of Trustees.

The Presidential Search Committee

  • William Lennon, Chair of PSC & WPCC Trustee
  • Scott Mulwee, Trustee, Board Chair
  • Bruce A, Hawkins, Sr, Trustee
  • Tea Yang, Trustee
  • Rod Harrelson, Trustee
  • Amy Kincaid, Trustee
  • Bryan Steen, Burke County Manager
  • Dalton Walters, Past President, Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc.
  • Debbie Sigmon, Human Resource Manager
  • Alan Wood, President/CEO, Burke Development, Inc.
  • Lamar Smitherman, NCSSM Outreach & Industry Relations Associate
  • Suzanne Crawford, CCP Coordinator/BCPS College Liaison
  • Jon Mercer, VP of Operations, Blue RIdge HealthCare
  • Susan Berley, Vice President for Student Success and Support Services
  • Rick Furse, WPCC Staff – Director of Customized Training
  • Monica Arney, WPCC Staff – Controller
  • Zeb Graham, WPCC Staff – Chief of Security & Safety
  • Susan Williams, WPCC Staff – Dean of Student Services
  • Betsy Colliander, WPCC Faculty – Coordinator, Office Systems Technology


Other Contacts

  • Kennon Briggs, Presidential Search Consultant
  • Sandy Hoilman, WPCC Vice President for Administrative Services/CFO
  • Kathy Durham, Executive Assistant to the President/Board Liaison

The Presidential Search Timeline

*Timeline Subject to Change

  • NOVEMBER 13-14, 2019
    ACCT Search Consultant facilitates a series of open Public Forums to solicit feedback to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile; ACCT opens secure portal for on-line survey collection of information about presidential preferences.
    Presidential Search Committee MeetingTraining and Orientation. Committee reviews and edits the draft Presidential Profile; Board meeting to discuss, edit and finalize the Presidential Profile.
  • LATE NOVEMBER, 2019 – JANUARY 10, 2020
    Presidential Profile is posted to the WPCC and ACCT websites. ACCT and Search Consultant conduct targeted local, state-wide and national one-on-one recruitment of Candidates. Advertisements placed.
    The position is open until filled.
  • LATE JANUARY, 2020
    Presidential Search Committee MeetingPresidential Search Committee meets to discuss and select confidential semifinalists.
  • MID – FEBRUARY, 2020
    Presidential Search Committee interviews confidential semifinalists, deliberates and selects finalists and forwards recommendations Board of Trustees. Names of Finalists sent to State Board.
  • FEBRUARY 24-28, 2020
    Finalists are brought to WPCC Campus for one-day each for tours, participate in Public Forums, meet with Senior Staff/Direct Reports. Finalists will interview with the full Board of Trustees.
  • MARCH, 2020
    Name of Final selection forward to the State Board of Community College’s Personnel Committee. Name kept confidential until after the Personnel Committee meets. Note: Selection and announcement contingent upon State Board approval.
  • JULY 1, 2020 or TBD
    Start date for the next President of Western Piedmont Community College.

Presidential Search Progress Report

Board of Trustees Chair Scott Mulwee provides these updates on the presidential search at WPCC.
(documents are in Adobe PDF format and can opened using the free Adobe Reader application)

About WPCC

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964. In addition to creating $177.8 million in added regional income, the College offers more than 100 degree, diploma and certification programs designed to provide accessible, high-quality education that improve lives and promote growth in Burke County.


Western Piedmont Community College’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community.

Information about WPCC’s Strategic Plan, Goals, and the Fact Sheet is available in an online document.

WPCC Web Links

About Morganton & Burke County

Aerial photo of the Linville Gorge, with Table Rock Mountain at the left

Located at the doorway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Burke County features unique outdoor experiences surrounding the Linville Gorge (known as the Grand Canyon of the East), and the waters of the Catawba River, impounded to create Lake James. The county features excellent educational opportunities, high quality health care facilities, and a growing industrial base.

Photo of the Historic Burke CourthouseThe City of Morganton, along with the towns of Connelly Springs, Drexel, Glen Alpine, Hildebran, Long View, Rhodhiss, Rutherford College, and Valdese call Burke County home. The way of life here is at a slower pace, but vibrant arts, music, food, and cultural scenes combine to provide memorable experiences year-round.

Burke County is also the home of history. Joara, a Native American settlement visited by Spanish explorers in 1567 where they established the first settlement by Europeans in the interior of North America. The county was also an important gathering point for the Overmountain Men on their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain, the turning point in the American Revolution in the South.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics logoLooking to the future, Morganton is the home of the new western campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM). Opening in 2021 to 300 residential students, NCSSM-Morganton will be located adjacent to the Western Piedmont campus.

Other Links to Area Information

How to Apply

This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 10, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

To apply go to and upload your documents.

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

  1. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Western Piedmont Community College.
  2. A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
  3. A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.

For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries please contact:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant,, (919) 621-7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, ACCT,, (202) 384-5816 (mobile), 202-775-4466 (office)


*An ACCT Search*


For More Information

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make a confidential inquiry please contact:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant,, 919.621.7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, ACCT,, 202.384.5816 (mobile), 202.775.4466 (office)
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