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Kennon D. Briggs to Serve as Interim President of COA

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Board of Trustees Hire Kennon D. Briggs to Serve as Interim President of College of The Albemarle.

ELIZABETH CITY — Kennon D. Briggs will serve as College of The Albemarle’s (COA) interim president beginning Jan. 3, 2017 as the Board of Trustees conducts a national search for its tenth president. Briggs appointment was approved today by the State Board of Community Colleges.

Briggs retired in 2012 after serving in multiple capacities for the North Carolina Community College System. During his tenure of fifteen years he served as executive vice president/chief of staff and as chief financial officer. Since retiring he has served in interim positions of two other North Carolina institutions: Cape Fear and Alamance Community Colleges, as Vice President for Business and Institutional Services/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Interim CFO/Senior Executive for Special Projects, respectively.

“Kennon Briggs is a proven and seasoned higher education leader in the North Carolina Community College System and I’m pleased to announce his appointment as the interim president of College of The Albemarle,” said Paul O’Neal, chair of the Board of Trustees for COA. “The board is extremely confident that Kennon can continue the tremendous momentum we have obtained at the college as we conduct a national search for the next president of our great institution.”

“I am both honored and humbled to have been selected to serve the Board, faculty, staff and students of COA as Interim President. I follow a president, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, who set the college on a solid pathway toward student success. My role will be to maintain the momentum that she established until a successor can be selected by the Board of Trustees.”

Briggs will serve as interim after Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer announced in September her resignation, as COA’s ninth president, effective Dec. 31. Deitemeyer, who has led COA for six and a half years will begin serving as president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina in early 2017.

The search for Deitemeyer’s permanent replacement began in mid-October, when COA’s board of trustees contracted with Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Executive Search Services, which will be working to find a new president who can take over the role in May.