LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College’s interim president says that 30 candidates showing an interest in becoming RCC’s next full-time president is a good sign for the future of the college.
“Thirty candidates is really a pretty good number,” William Aiken told trustees on Tuesday. “People don’t move around as much today as they once did.”
The RCC board of trustees, during a special workshop Tuesday, met in a brief closed session to discuss the status of the ongoing search to find a full-time replacement for President Pamela Hilbert, who retired at the end of June. The board hopes to have a new president named and in place in January.
Sammy Cox, chairman of the trustees, declined to make any comment about the search. Aiken, however, said that the 30 candidates who have applied for the position must now submit a video for review by the trustees by Monday.
The trustees will review the videos and decide which candidates they wish to personally interview, according to Aiken.
Aiken said the trustees will eventually submit three names to the administrative staff of the North Carolina Community College System for review. The names will then be submitted to the State Board of Community Colleges for final approval, he said.
The trustees on Tuesday also received a lesson on how their meetings should be structured.
Aiken walked board members step-by-step through a meeting process during which committees are responsible for conducting the bulk of the board’s business before regular monthly meetings are held. According to Aiken, this structure would allow the full board to just have to confirm committee recommendations.
“This puts more responsibility on the committees,” Aiken said. “But the process is much more efficient.”
Aiken used examples from the board’s meeting earlier this month to show where board members spent more than 30 minutes discussing regular agenda items which were informational or were items handled routinely by college staff. These items, he said, should be reviewed by committees then be placed on a consent agenda for full board approval.
Aiken emphasized that if one or more trustees want to further discuss a certain issue before a vote is taken, that item can be moved to the full board’s regular agenda.
Aiken and three trustees — Kyle Chavis, Audrey Hunt and Linda Metzger — recently reviewed the board’s current bylaws and are recommending that changes be made to establish four three-member committees — Executive; Buildings and Grounds; Curriculum and Student Development; and Continuing Education and Work Force.
“It’s a more efficient way to do business,” Metzger said. “It’s the way the (Lumberton) City Council works and the way it works at my church.”
Board members agreed to give the committee structure a try as they prepare for their September meeting.
“You don’t know if this is going to work until you try it,” Aiken said.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.