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North Carolina Community College System begins search for its next president

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Jennifer Haygood to serve as acting president of NC Community College System

The North Carolina Community College System needs a new president, and the search could point close to home.

On Friday, Scott Shook, the chairman of the system’s governing board, said a search committee would soon be appointed and it probably won’t be using a consulting firm. Search consultants are often hired to attract and screen a field of national candidates for executive positions in higher education.

The system is on the hunt for the next president after the abrupt departure of Jimmie Williamson, whose resignation was announced July 31 and takes effect at the end of this month. There was no reason given for Williamson stepping down after only a year on the job. He had come from South Carolina, where he had been president of the state’s technical college system for two years and had previously led two community colleges there.

Shook said he could not discuss Williamson’s resignation, calling it a personnel matter. Efforts to reach Williamson on Friday were unsuccessful.

The system’s chief of staff and former chief financial officer, Jennifer Haygood, will serve as acting president starting Oct. 1. On Friday, the board voted to raise Haygood’s pay from $191,000 to $270,000 as she takes on the interim role. Williamson was hired at an annual salary of $285,000.
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