August 25, 2021
Wayne Community College (WCC) seeks applications to serve as the next President of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. This leader will be responsible for fostering student success initiatives, workforce readiness programs, and the strategic goals needed for WCC to be the first-choice for an institution of higher education for students within, and around, the service area. This position will build upon and create partnerships with other higher education institutions, regional employers, and the community. WCC completed its last SACSCOC decennial review in 2016 and is currently undergoing its Fifth-Year review process. The decennial review offered no findings, resulting in no recommendations. WCC is funded through four distinct sources of revenue: state (60%), local (13%), federal (19%), and institutional funds including grants (8%). In total, WCC operates with an annual budget of over $40,000,000. Most of that funding comes in correlation with its FTE generation. WCC annual FTE counts are approximately 460 FTE through workforce continuing education programs, and over 2600 FTE through traditional curriculum programs.
The position of President will have an effective date of employment of January 1, 2022, and a salary range of $200,000 to $225,000, commensurate with qualifications.
PROFILE OF WAYNE COUNTY, NC
Wayne County is located in eastern North Carolina, four hours by car from the legendary Blue Ridge Mountains, and under two hours from the unrivaled Crystal Coast. The 2020 Census population for the county was over 117,000 citizens. Its county seat is Goldsboro with a 2020 Census population of over 33,000 and is also home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Wayne County makes up the bulk of the Goldsboro, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its proximity and strong economy provide excellent job and career opportunities. The impact of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base cannot be overstated, especially thanks to retiring and separating military personnel from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Almost 50% of these individuals choose to remain in Wayne County and constitute a sizable pool of highly skilled and well-trained workers with an exceptional work ethic. In addition, Wayne County is home to a wonderful mixture of agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing, and general corporate working environments. Companies like Sanctuary Systems, Mount Olive Pickle, Case Farms, and Stormberg Foods produce locally and ship globally. Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company has been in Goldsboro since 1983 and is currently number 33 on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Medium-Sized Workplaces. Agriculture also plays an important part in the local economy, where traditional row crops, poultry houses, and hog houses are a common site outside of our cities and towns. An affordable cost of living, well regarded healthcare options, arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation, and great restaurants make Wayne County a wonderful place to be.
- Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Progressive leadership experience with a minimum of 3 years of senior-level executive experience in higher education, with preference given to community or technical college experience.
- A proven record demonstrating the ability to:
- Build the college and the community through collaboration with its stakeholders and constituencies – education, Foundation, government, business, military, and agriculture.
- Delegate authority to and support all faculty and staff through team building to provide excellent educational programs and services focused on student success and client satisfaction.
- Provide highly sought leadership qualities: personableness, open-mindedness, fairness, integrity, decisiveness, adaptability, and innovativeness.
- Promote a campus and community culture that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
APPLICATIONS: All nominations and documents should be submitted electronically via the submission portal that can be accessed at the end of this page.
No paper applications will be accepted.
Applicants will submit the following for review:
- A cover letter not to exceed two pages in length demonstrating how you meet the qualifications, what aspects of Wayne Community College you find intriguing, and what excites you about moving to Wayne County, NC.
- A current vita not to exceed five pages in length addressing qualifications and experiences.
- A list of five professional references, including names and telephone numbers (both home and business).
All application materials must be received by 11:59 PM EST on September 19, 2021, to guarantee a full review. Applications received on or after September 20, 2021, cannot be guaranteed full consideration. The review of applications will begin September 20, 2021. Applications will be screened, and the most qualified applicants interviewed. All applicants will be notified once the position has been filled.
Please Note: All finalists will be required to travel to WCC’s campus in Goldsboro, NC for presentations to the Board, faculty, staff, students, and the community at large.
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