Committee lists skills it wants in community college system president

A search committee looking for a president of the state’s community college system has crafted a profile of traits needed in the next leader.

On Friday, a search committee of the State Board of Community Colleges approved the 13-point presidential profile. The committee wants a leader with a passion for public higher education, success in working with a board, ability to build strong legislative relationships and other partnerships, and an understanding of effective financial management. Also desired are: a commitment to diversity; a collaborative leadership style; and an open communications style “with strong, listening, writing and speaking skills.”

The committee is working with consultant Hockaday-Hartford LLC, a national search firm, to build a list of candidates. The panel plans to interview candidates in February and March, with a goal of hiring the next president by March 31.

The next leader will succeed George Fouts, interim president, who assumed the role following the departure of Scott Ralls, who is now president of Northern Virginia Community College.