WCC Announces New President
The Wilkes Community College (WCC) Board of Trustees has appointed a new President. “We did a nationwide search and had 42 applicants for the position,” stated WCC Board Chair, Jay Vannoy. I want to thank all the members of the search committee for their time and hard work in this process. We are excited to announce Dr. Michael Rodgers as the next president of WCC. He has the education, knowledge, and experience to lead our college. We are looking forward to working with him to continue and build upon the work Wilkes Community College is doing to educate and train our students. I also want to thank Morgan Francis for his great leadership as interim president during this transition period.” Dr. Rodgers is expected to take up the position on June 3, 2024.
Rodgers has over 23 years of experience in higher education, having taught for ten years and served as the automotive program coordinator for Piedmont Technical College before joining Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC). He has been responsible for technical education programs in STEM-related areas such as Automotive, Diesel, Construction, HVAC, Veterinary Technology, Healthcare Facilities Leadership, Agriculture, Tech X Fabrication, and Welding. Rodgers’ leadership and fundraising skills have enabled him to work across units as a liaison between resource development, technical and general education programs, maintenance and operations, and workforce development to facilitate projects that support education and initiatives leading to student success. He has also played a key role in the design of a mobile healthcare education lab and has served as a board member with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and on the Ohio County Economic Development Alliance and Hancock County Industrial Foundation.
Dr. Rodgers holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University, a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Automotive Technology from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina.
“I appreciate the confidence placed in me by the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and the communities of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties,” stated Dr. Rodgers. “The selection to lead this institution of higher education into a new chapter is truly an honor and I look forward to joining the Wilkes family and community. I am excited to get started as we continue our mission of providing a first-class educational experience to everyone we serve and meeting the workforce needs in northwestern North Carolina.”
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of President of Wilkes Community College.
This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than October 13, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.
To apply, go to acctsearches.org and upload your documents.
Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:
- A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Wilkes Community College.
- A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
- A list of eight references: example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports, and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.
For additional information, nominations, or confidential inquiries please contact:
Mr. Kennon Briggs
ACCT Search Consultant
(919) 621-7988 (mobile)
|July 10, 2023
|Presidential Search Committee Meeting #1: Virtual Training and Orientation of Search Committee. Search Consultant discusses Search Process with Committee, including timeline, application materials, selection of semi-finalists, and development of a Draft Presidential Profile. Discussion also includes a recruitment strategy to attract a highly competitive and diverse candidate pool.
|August 29/30, 2023
|Public Fora and Survey: Search Consultant facilitates several in-person, open Public Forums (Administrators, Staff, Faculty, Students, Community Members) to solicit feedback to inform the final development of the Presidential Profile. ACCT Survey posted to College’s “Presidential Search” webpage and ACCT webpage to solicit input.
|September 6, 2023
|Presidential Search Committee Meeting #2 and Special Board of Trustees Meeting: Search Committee and Board receives, edits and finalizes the Presidential Profile. Profile posted to College’s “Presidential Search” Webpage. State and national publications utilized to advertise, solicit, recruit and develop a strong and diverse pool of candidates.
|September 11, 2023
|Presidential Recruitment and Application Process Begins: ACCT and Search Consultant initiates a Systemwide, State, Regional and National one-to-one recruitment process. Applications materials are posted to ACCT’s and the College’s “Presidential Search” Webpage. Candidates submit confidential application materials to ACCT’s secure portal.
|October 13, 2023
|Target Date for Receipt of Applications: Position remains open until filled.
|October 18-November 7, 2023
|Presidential Search Committee Review: Search Committee Members individually review, evaluate, and rank their top confidential candidates through the ACCT portal. Committee submits their ratings to ACCT for ranking.
|November 16, 2023
|Presidential Search Committee Meeting # 3: Committee meets to reach consensus about 5-7 Semi-finalists to interview.
|November 30 & December 1, 2023
|Presidential Search Committee Meeting #4: Search Committee meets for confidential virtual interviews of Semi-finalists. Two-day interview process. Search Committee deliberates and selects 3 to 4 Finalists and forwards recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Search Committee work is completed.
|December 1, 2023
|Board of Trustees submits names of Finalists to the System President ten business days prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board’s Personnel Committee, or at least ten days prior to a meeting of the Personnel Committee. Personnel Committee approves Finalists, and the System President notifies Board of Trustees.
|January 9-12, 2024
|Board of Trustees Interviews and Selection: Finalists visit the College. Each Finalist will meet with Senior Leadership, tour the community, participate in public forums, and interview with the full Board of Trustees. During deliberations, the Board will hear oral, in-depth reports on ACCT’s background checks on final candidates. By week’s end, the Board will select their first-choice candidate.
|January 12, 2024
|Board of Trustees submits the selection of their first-choice candidate to the System President five days prior to the next State Board Meeting. President-Elect and the Board of Trustees.
|The State Board approves selection.
|New President of Wilkes Community College is announced. The President-elect and Board establish the start date of employment.
Timeline is subject to change.