Campus officials announced the finalists Thursday in the next step toward naming a permanent replacement for former leader Dr. Ted Spring resigned suddenly in January. Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC Vice President of Instruction, was later appointed as interim.
Lee is one of the four top remaining candidates. With her are Dr. David Brand, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Fayetteville Technical Community College; Dr. Quentin Johnson, Provost of Wilberforce University in Ohio; and Dr. Matthew Meyer, Associate Vice President of STEM Innovations and Strategic Planning for the N.C. Community College System.
The CFCC Board of Trustees began its presidential search in earnest in late April, approving a timeline for the hiring process. The board selected its vice chairman, William Turner, to head up the search committee.
A month prior, Spring sued the college, claiming a breach of contract and deprivation of civil rights occurred when he was forced to quit earlier this year. He is seeking immediate reinstatement of his position and compensation exceeding $25,000 for damages suffered due to loss of employment, wages, opportunities, as well as harm done to his professional reputation.
The lawsuit has since been moved to federal court, at the behest of John Martin of Ward and Smith, the attorney representing trustess in the matter.
Trustees will begin conducting interviews with finalists next week and then will submit names of their top picks to the N.C. Community College System for review.
Pending approval at the state level, a CFCC spokesperson said a permanent president should be announced later in June or early July.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.