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Presidential Search

Progress Reports

Report #1

DATE: April 26, 2019
TO: College of The Albemarle
FROM: Marion Harris Jr., Chair, Board of Trustees
RE: Presidential Search Announcement and Invitation to Attend Public Forums (Progress Report #1)

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has begun the search for the next president of COA. The Board would also like to extend our sincere appreciation for the dedicated service provided by Dr. Robert Wynegar.

This appointment will shape COA’s future for years to come and the Board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search that will attract a strong pool of candidates from throughout North Carolina and the nation. The Board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist us with the presidential search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support with the development of the presidential profile, recruiting highly-competitive candidates and working with the Board of Trustees. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education, advocacy and Mr. Kennon Briggs will serve as our ACCT Search Consultant.

Public Forums — Presidential Profile Development

An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. On May 14 and 15, we will host four (4) public forums. The purpose of these sessions is to listen to your input, which will assist with the development of the Presidential Profile. The entire College community is invited and encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics and qualifications we are seeking in our next president, and the opportunities and challenges facing COA in the years to come. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presidential search process. The discussion will be facilitated by Mr. Kennon Briggs.

We want to invite and encourage everyone to attend one of the important one-hour public forums:

Date Time Campus Room
Tuesday, May 14 11 a.m. – noon Edenton-Chowan Campus
118 Blades St
Edenton, NC 27932
Tuesday, May 14 5 – 6 p.m. Elizabeth City Campus
1208 N. Road St
Elizabeth City, NC 27921
AE 208

Wednesday, May 15 10 – 11 a.m. Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center
107 College Way
Barco, NC 27917
Wednesday, May 15 2 – 3 p.m. Dare County Campus
132 Russell Twiford Rd
Manteo, NC 27954

Please share with those who may have a concerted interest in COA and wish to attend. No RSVP is needed to attend.

In addition to the public forums, we have developed a short electronic survey that we hope you will complete. Your anonymous responses to the survey will also be used to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile. Please submit your feedback by noon on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

The Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee has been finalized and posted on the Presidential Search page of the college’s website. The Committee includes members of the Board, faculty, staff and a student representative. The Committee will review confidential candidate application packages, interview semifinalists, and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees for further consideration. The Board would like to thank every member of the Committee for their dedication to the college community.


Our recruitment efforts will involve an open and thorough national search, seeking qualified candidates from all regions of the country. The ACCT specializes in one-to-one recruitment of community college leaders. Additionally, to assist with this process, advertisements will be placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other major publications and websites.

Updates and Information on the Search Process

This website will include information on all aspects of the search, both for the College community and candidates. We will post information pertaining to the search, including regular progress reports, in the coming weeks.

We will continue to keep you updated on this important process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants:

Contact Position Email Phone
Mr. Kennon Briggs ACCT Search Consultant 919-621-7988 (mobile)
Julie Golder, J.D. Vice President of Search Services 202-384-5816 (mobile)