The search for the next North Carolina community college system president is expected to cost $75,000 and stretch into the spring.
A search committee met Thursday to discuss the scope of work for a consulting firm that will identify candidates to be president of the N.C. Community College System. A consultant will be hired in the coming weeks and will get to work in early fall. The committee aims to have a finalist by the end of March to recommend to the State Board of Community Colleges.
The next president will succeed Scott Ralls, who is leaving North Carolina in September to become president of the six-campus Northern Virginia Community College, which has 75,000 degree-seeking students in the Washington suburbs. Ralls has led North Carolina’s 58-campus system since 2008.
North Carolina’s two higher education systems are searching for new leaders at the same time. A UNC system search committee is looking for a successor to President Tom Ross, who will leave early next year.
The community college system’s budget for its search is considerably less than the UNC system’s, which is expected to be nearly $300,000, including a consultant’s fee plus travel and search committee expenses.