Finalists named for RCC’s next president

6 candidates being interview

By Bob Shiles - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — The list of candidates for presidency of Robeson Community College has been narrowed to six, and interviews of the finalists continue this week.

The college’s trustees are picking the person who will replace Pamela Hilbert, who retired at the end of June.

The candidates were selected from a field of 30 who applied for the position. Each candidate had to submit a resume and video that the trustees used to narrow the field to the final six candidates that will be personally interviewed.

Last week, three of the candidates were interviewed, and the other three will be interviewed this week, one on Monday, Tuesday and then Wednesday.

Before each candidate’s interview with the trustees, that person receives a tour of college facilities, both on and off the main campus, as well as a group meeting with college faculty and staff.

According to Rose Avant, executive assistant to the president and a local coordinator of the presidential search, the meeting of the candidate and RCC staff will be held each interview day from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the A.D. Lewis Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Lumberton. The meetings are open to the public.

Avant said that questions for the candidates have been prepared by the Faculty Association, and the same questions will be asked of each candidate. No questions from the public will be raised during the meeting, unless the question has been submitted in writing and is approved.

“If the question is approved, it will be added to the list of those that are asked of each candidate,” Avant said.

The overall search for the president is being led by Hockaday-Hartford Consulting LLC, a Cary and Sanford-based consulting company. Jeff Hockaday, the senior partner in the consulting firm, led the search that ended with the hiring of former RCC President Charles Chrestman, who was replaced by Hilbert when he retired.

The trustees and consulting company agreed on a timeline for the search that will have one to three candidates approved by the trustees and ready to be recommended to the state Board of Community Colleges by the state board’s October meeting . The candidate or candidates recommended by the trustees for state approval must be acted on by the state board in October if the new president is to be hired and ready to go to work at the beginning of January.

The finalists are:

— Kimberly Gold, the current executive vice president and chief academic officer at Isothermal Community College. Before her present position, she was the vice president for Academic and Student Services, Dean of the Business Sciences and faculty member. She also taught Montreat College and worked as a production manager for American Greetings for two years. She was interviewed Tuesday.

— Rick Mason, who has spent his entire academic career at Southeastern Kentucky Community and Technical College. He has served as the vice president and chief learning officer since 2012 and since 2013 has also served as the campus director of the Pineville campus.

Mason spent eight years as the director of institutional research and participated in the Kentucky Technical & Community College System’s President’s Leadership Seminar in 2005. He was interviewed on Wednesday.

— Lynn Moore, the president of Southeastern Kentucky Community and Technical College since 2013. Before that, she spent five years as a vice president at Umqua Community College in Oregon.

Moore also served for three years as the dean of students at Hill College District in Texas, worked for Texas State Technical College as a program director. She spent five years working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and started and owned a dental clinic for 12 years. She was interviewed on Thursday.

— Brian Meredith, who currently serves as the associate vice president for Enrollment Management at Western Kentucky University. Before that, Meredith spent 15 years at the University of Memphis in positions in Admissions, as a counselor, assistant director and finally as the director of Admissions. In his current role, he works closely with regional community colleges on Joint Admissions. He will be interviewed on Monday.

— Danny Green, who has most recently worked with the Sage Colleges as the vice president of Marketing and Enrollment Management. He has also held positions with the UNC General Administration and the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Central and Fayetteville State universities and Meredith College.

Green is also an academic instructor in music and he has both taught music and been a conductor. He was a visiting faculty member at Dong Bei University in Dalian China. He will be interviewed on Tuesday.

— Patrick Vaughn, who most recently served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at the Wildwood campus of the St. Louis Community College District. In 2013-14, he was appointed the interim campus president at Wildwood.

Before that, Vaughn served for five years as the dean of Arts and Humanities at the Wildwood campus. He spent four years as the theater program coordinator at Angelina College in Texas. He will be interviewed on Wednesday.

6 candidates being interview

By Bob Shiles

[email protected]

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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