Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) trustees have selected interim president Dr. Amanda Lee to lead the college as its next president.
Lee, who has served as interim president since January, was one of four finalists interviewed this week, according to CFCC Spokesman David Hardin. The vote for Lee was unanimous.
“We are confident we have made an excellent choice for CFCC and for the Wilmington community,” said Jason Harris, chairman of CFCC Board of Trustees. “Dr. Lee is a strong, respected leader. She has the right skill set and experience for the job, as well as an amazing vision for the college. We look forward to working with her and expect great things.”
Lee has worked at CFCC for more than a decade. She began in instruction in 2003, before moving on to administration, Hardin said.
As CFCC’s vice president for instructional services, Lee was primarily responsible for the planning and oversight of the college’s academic divisions, including arts and sciences, technical and vocational education, continuing education and two learning resources centers. Lee has worked with faculty and business representatives to coordinate the development, approval and implementation of new academic curricula and job training programs, Hardin said.
“Cape Fear Community College is an exceptional institution and it is my great honor to be able to serve its students, employees and the community in this role,” Lee said. “CFCC enjoys great success because of the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to create an unparalleled educational experience for our students, an open, supportive environment for business, and a strong partnership with the community we serve. I look forward to working alongside those professionals as we continue to grow and innovate. I’m excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Other finalists for the post were 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.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Lee attended Baylor University in Texas, where she earned her BA in Telecommunications and her MA in Communication Studies. Lee earned her doctorate in Communication Arts from Regent University in Virginia. She currently lives in the Ogden area with her husband and two daughters.
Lee’s selection is pending final approval from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.