THE SEARCH FOR A NEW PRESIDENT
WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Wake County, The Greater Raleigh Area, and The Research Triangle Region
The Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College invites nominations and expressions of interest for the Presidency, a stellar leadership opportunity. The new president will succeed Dr. Stephen Scott, who retired after fifteen years of exemplary service. The College seeks a leader who will provide exceptional, visionary leadership for an institution that is nationally recognized as a benchmark for innovative community and industry partnership success. The Board, administration, faculty, staff, and students of Wake Tech are on a quest to find an exceptional leader who will serve the College, community, and state in a decisive manner and bring energy, care, creativity, and forward-thinking to this complex College’s future.
The next Wake Tech Community College president will live in a truly incredible place. The College is in Wake County, the seat of which is Raleigh, also the capital of North Carolina. The metropolitan area is known as The Triangle, named for the world-renowned Research Triangle Park, a spectacular locale where opportunity abounds. When this economic dynamism is combined with Wake County’s beauty and easy access to North Carolina’s marvelous beaches and the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains, the region offers a remarkable home for the new president.
Wake County is one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, and Wake Tech has kept pace with that growth. The College has always been informed by the needs of the community and has expanded capacity in response to local and regional demand. The region’s diversity is reflected in Wake Tech’s students and employees, and in the instructional programs, services, and resources the College offers. Since Wake Tech first opened, it has grown to span the entire county, with a total of six campuses, three training centers, multiple community sites, and serves more online students than any other community college in NC.
Wake Technical Community College has provided high quality education and workforce training to the Wake County region for more than 50 years. Since opening its doors in 1963, the college has grown to serve nearly 74,000 students each year – one in 10 Wake County adults – and to become the largest of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. The college is a dynamic and thriving academic community, with outstanding faculty and staff who are focused on all learners and committed to their success.
Wake Tech is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its curriculum education programs offer more than 200 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to prepare students for immediate employment in high-demand fields – or transfer to a university for advanced study. Transfer agreements with UNC System universities and private institutions ensure that students have pathways for reaching their goals. Wake Tech’s non-credit, workforce continuing education programs include customized corporate training, support for entrepreneurship and small business, re-training for unemployed and displaced workers, basic skills programs such as ESL and high school equivalency preparation, and other programs for personal enrichment.
Committed to building on existing strengths and poised for continued growth and success, Wake Tech seeks a new president who will provide visionary and strategic leadership. A substantial track record of higher education leadership and/or managerial, business achievements is preferred. Personal characteristics of confidence, authenticity, and charisma are crucial. The new president must live a commitment to enriching the campus community with global perspectives and diversity in all its forms. Understanding the sprawl and complexity of this incredibly large institution and its impact on the city, county, and state will be an initial challenge for the new president. Priority must be placed on getting to know every campus and program as well as all of the external constituents.
The Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials in the first week of October and will continue through late October. Although applications will be received until the position is filled, materials should be submitted by Monday, October 15 to receive the most favorable consideration. Final selection will be made by early December and the new President will be invited to begin work on or about January 2, 2019.
Wake Tech is committed to recruiting a diverse, high-quality workforce dedicated to meeting the higher education and training needs of our community. Women and persons from unrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
All material will be received in full confidence and should be submitted electronically to [email protected]. Please address the letter of candidacy to Mr. Thomas F. Looney, Chair, Board of Trustees and Chair, Presidential Search Committee.
Applications must include a letter of candidacy responding to the College’s list of desired attributes identifying the candidate’s experiences in the context of the opportunities for the new President; a complete CV or resume; and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references, none of whom will be contacted without permission of the candidate.
Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:
Frederick V. Moore, J.D./M.B.A.
Executive Search Consultant
Melinda M. Leonardo, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
Wake Technical Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.