NCC begins president search


Staff Writer

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Nash Community College Board of Trustees this week discussed in closed session the process of hiring the next president of the college — one that largely will be determined by the State Board of Community Colleges.

The meeting marks the beginning of the process to find a replacement for NCC President Bill Carver, who announced last month that he plans to retire this summer. As of now, Carver is slated to leave office on July 1. However, Carver said he is willing to stay on a little longer if the board and needs additional time to locate the right candidate.

“I have served as president of Nash Community College since 2005 and have served the college in some capacity for more than 30 years,” Carver told the Telegram. “I feel that I am leaving the college in good shape and at good point in its history.”

The presidential selection process for colleges that are a part of the State Board of Community Colleges is one that is largely governed at the state level. Though the NCC Board of Trustees has the authority to select candidates for the next president, it must adhere closely to rules that are set by the state board and reiterated in NCC’s handbook.

The NCC Board of Trustees met the first condition of the process on Wednesday by meeting with Jennifer Haygood, chief of staff and executive vice president of the State Board of Community Colleges to discuss the legal requirements and other procedural matters involved in a presidential search. That meeting took place behind closed doors during a special called meeting of the Board of Trustees.

As part of the next stage of the process, the NCC board should be inviting public input into the selection process, though that requirement can be waived by the will of the state board.

The requirement states, “In the selection of the college president, the Board of Trustees shall, at minimum, consider general input from college and community stakeholders on the desired attributes of a college president and evaluate more than one candidate for the position. The State Board may waive this requirement at the request of the Board of Trustees if the State Board determines it is in the college’s interest to do so.”

At this point it is not known if NCC plans to seek input from community members.

After the Board of Trustees narrows down its candidate selection, the board must submit at least one candidate to the state Community College system president for review before the choice is discussed  and approved at a State Board of Community Colleges Personnel Committee meeting. The candidate must be later approved at a meeting of the full State Board of Community Colleges and that determination is final, the regulations state.

“No college shall execute a contract prior to the State Board of Community College’s action to approve the local board’s presidential election without a provision specifying that the effective date of the contract is subject to the State Board of Community College’s approval of the presidential election,” the rules state.