Presidential search launched for next NC Community College System leader

Presidential search launched for next NC Community College System leader

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:48pm

RALEIGH - The State Board of Community Colleges is seeking candidates for president of the NC Community College System.


The board's Presidential Search Committee met this week to finalize a position profile for the system presidency after receiving input from the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents and the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees. On Wednesday, the application period officially opened and will extend to Sept. 15, 2020.


The next leader should have a passion for the mission and philosophy of the NC Community College System, according to the profile. The job description calls for an experienced leader with a commitment to public higher education, open access, affordability and academic excellence.


"The candidate of choice should be a creative, visionary, experienced leader of high energy, exemplary personal integrity, and professional ethics and should possess the ability to work with and respect a constituency of diverse needs and interests," the profile states.


The next leader will succeed Peter Hans, who was recently named president of the University of North Carolina System. Bill Carver, former president of Nash Community College, became interim president of the community college system Aug. 1.


The search committee is now receiving applications and nominations. Those interested should submit a letter of introduction, a resume and five recommendations to


"Our committee has an important responsibility to find the next great president," said Bob Stephens, chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. "We hope for a deep and diverse slate of candidates, and we look forward to selecting a talented and dedicated leader for the community college system."


For more information about the search and the presidential profile, see the Presidential Search website at


"We expect to have a robust pool of candidates for the position," said Breeden Blackwell, chairman of the State Board. "After all, this is the best community college system in the country."


North Carolina's 58 community colleges serve about 700,000 students a year in college-transfer programs, short-term workforce training, high school dual enrollment, career and technical education and adult basic education.