RALEIGH – The Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges, Dr. Linwood Powell today appointed the committee tasked with managing the search for a new president of the North Carolina Community College System. The committee was appointed during the State Board’s regularly monthly meeting held today in Raleigh following the announcement yesterday that current System President, Dr. Scott Ralls, will be leaving in September to become the President of Northern Virginia Community College.
Dr. Powell appointed Clyde Higgs of Kannapolis as chair of the committee. Other members are Wade Bryan “Bobby” Irwin, Jr. of Sparta, Jimmie Ford of Goldsboro, Janet K. Lowder of Albemarle, Edward Lynn Raye of Wingate, Dr. Darrell Saunders of Archdale, Scott Shook of Greenville, and Jerry Vaughn of Charlotte. Dr. Powell of Fayetteville will also serve on the committee. Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College and President of the N.C. Association of Community College Presidents, will serve in a non-voting role as part of the search process.
In appointing the search committee, Dr. Powell said, “This group of individuals is charged with one of the biggest responsibilities this Board has – to fill one of the most important jobs in North Carolina.”
During the Board meeting, the committee met briefly for a general discussion and will establish a process and timeline at future meetings.