State Board of Community Colleges Accepts Resignation

State Board of Community Colleges Accepts Resignation

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 1:29pm

Statement from Burr W. Sullivan, Chair, State Board of Community Colleges

The State Board of the North Carolina Community College System has accepted the resignation of Thomas A. Stith, III, effective Friday, July 22, 2022. The Board thanks Mr. Stith for his service and wishes him well. The State Board expects to name an experienced interim president in the next few days and will begin a thoughtful and thorough search for a permanent president to lead the NC Community College System.


Despite a change in leadership, the important work of the Great 58 community colleges will continue. The Board remains confident and committed to meeting the higher education and training needs of our citizens and businesses, especially during this critical time.


Statement from Thomas A. Stith III

It has been an honor to lead the NC Community College System alongside well-respected college presidents, professionals, dedicated educators, and inspirational students. While navigating the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 crisis with careful stewardship, authentic collaboration, and unshakeable faith, I am thrilled that our community college system enhanced its offerings, making students more competitive for the workforce, entrepreneurship, and transfer to 4-year institutions. That was my job to do and my commitment to our state.


Thanks to the innovative corporate partnerships and commitment from our state’s elected leadership, the NCCCS is now poised to be even more accessible for adult learners, as well as a premier option for high school graduates. 


I pray the NC Community College Board will embrace a vision for our system that will meet the needs of our fast growing and richly diverse state.