Alamance Community College’s board of trustees will host three forums at the community college next week to give the public a chance to meet the three candidates who have been selected as a finalist to succeed former ACC president Dr. Algie Gatewood, who retired June 30.
The three finalists have agreed to participate in a one-hour public forum that will be held inside Patterson Auditorium on ACC’s Graham campus next week.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, include:
• Dr. John Boyd, current president of Mayland Community College in Mitchell County. Boyd holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University; a master’s in criminal justice from Oklahoma City University; and a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He will appear for a public forum at ACC from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. next Wednesday, December 6.
• Dr. Ken Ingle, who currently serves as the chief officer of information services at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. He holds a doctorate of education in community college leadership from N.C. State University; a master’s in management information systems from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska; and a bachelor’s in business information with a major in management information systems from UNC-Charlotte. Ingle will appear for a public forum at ACC’s Graham campus from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. next Tuesday, December 5.
• Dr. Pamela Senegal, current president of Piedmont Community College, which serves Caswell and Person counties. She holds a doctorate of education in adult and community college education; a master’s in public administration; and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from N.C. State. Senegal will appear for a public forum at ACC from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4.
All three public forums are currently scheduled to be held inside Patterson Auditorium, located in the Main Building at the Graham campus.
ACC’s trustees have been conducting a search for the next president since August and received more than five dozen applications for the post, according to the trustees’ chairman, retired Gen. Blake Williams. The application window closed October 27.
Williams previously appointed several of his fellow trustees to serve on the presidential search committee, including the trustees’ vice chairman, Julie Scott Emmons; and trustees Steve Carter, Dr. Roslyn Crisp, William Gomory, and Dr. Charles Scott. That group was responsible for whittling the original applicant pool and recommending the names of three or four finalists.
Each of the finalists will come to the campus for a daylong visit next week in order to meet staff, students, and community members, search consultant Kennon Briggs explained in a recent interview with The Alamance News.
The trustees’ top choice for the new president will be forwarded to the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC) for review and approval, in keeping with state law.
The name and start date for ACC’s new president will be announced following approval by the state board, which is scheduled to hold its next meeting on December 14 and 15.
None of the finalists selected during the current search for Gatewood’s successor had been identified as a finalist during the previous search for a new president at ACC prior to the September 2013 retirement of then-president Dr. Martin Nadelman.