RCC goes for Gold as next president


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Kimberly Gold


LUMBERTON — The new president of Robeson Community College says her interest in the community college system stems from its commitment to the communities it serves.

Kimberly Gold has been named the fifth president of RCC, taking over the position most recently held by Pamela Hilbert, who retired in June. Gold’s appointment was confirmed by the state Board of Community Colleges on Friday.

She begins work at RCC on Jan. 1.

“It just seemed a good fit for my background and my history of working in education,” Gold said. “Some of the things that that they are working on at RCC are things that I’ve been working on throughout the years.”

Gold currently serves as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, which serves Rutherfordton and Polk counties. She has worked at Isothermal CC since 1995 and has held her current positions since 2014. Before that appointment, Gold was the vice president for academic and student services from 2008 to 2014, dean of the business sciences from 2005 to 2008 and a faculty member from 1996 to 2005.

“It just seemed a good fit for my background and my history of working in education,” Gold said. “Some of the things that that they are working on at RCC are things that I’ve been working on throughout the years.”

Gold see similarities in her current job and her new one.

“It’s a very similar area even though it’s on a different side of the state. It has a very similar history. We were very heavily textile and we lost a lot of that,” Gold said. “We’ve been working to build the local economy and working to train our workers and to help them re-train for different industries so I’m very familiar with that kind and size community.”

Gold said she will work closely with the area’s high school population and with economic development. Before she became a teacher she worked in industry. Then she began teaching part-time.

“I just fell in love with teaching. I fell in love with the community college philosophy and the student-centered focus of the community college,” Gold said. “With a community college the focus is really serving the local community and I felt that was a philosophy that really resonated with me. It ended up being my life’s work in an unexpected way.”

She said her background in industry gives her an edge in helping develop workforce development programs that are designed to offer specific classes based on the needs of local industries. RCC has such as program.

“Having worked in that environment and knowing the challenges that businesses face, particularly having a skilled work force that’s ready to go to work, I understand that environment. I understand the pressures of being a part of a business,” Gold said.

Sammy Cox, the chairman of the college’s board of trustees, said trustees look forward to having Gold here.

“She is well -rounded. She has a North Carolina background, she is civic-minded, community college-minded,” Cox said. “I certainly think that her years of experience in the community college system is just a great fit. She knows the system.”

Gold was selected from a pool of 30 applicants during a nationwide search led by Hockaday-Hartford Consulting LLC. Applicants submitted video presentations and six were invited to campus to meet with board members, faculty, staff and community leaders.

“I am very proud of Dr. Kim Gold. She has long been one of Isothermal Community College’s greatest assets,” said Walter Dalton, president of Isothermal Community College. “We will miss her strong, deliberate leadership and her wise counsel. On a personal note, I will miss her friendship, kindness and sense of humor.”

Gold also taught at Montreat College and worked as a production manager for American Greetings for two years.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987, a master’s of Business Administration from Western Carolina University in 1995 and an educational specialist degree and a doctorate in Education from Appalachian State University in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Hilbert was the college’s first female president and served in that role for three and a half years. She now works as provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus.

William Aiken has been serving as RCC’s interim president and will continue in that capacity the rest of the year..

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