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Online survey seeks input on next PHCC president

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patrick Henry Community College has posted an online survey seeking public input on its search for a new president.

The survey will be available at the homepage through Jan. 16. Print copies will be available at the college's off-campus sites in Martinsville, Stuart and Rocky Mount.

The surveys are part of an ongoing search to find a replacement for PHCC President Max Wingett, who announced last year that he will retire this summer. Wingett has been PHCC's president since 1978.

The survey is designed to gather opinions from respondents about what the major challenges facing the college in the next five years are; what attributes are needed by the next president to meet those challenges; what three things the new president should accomplish in his or her first year; and what the respondents believe to be the most distinctive characteristic of PHCC, according to a news release.

All PHCC stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, college or foundation board members, community members, community leaders and alumni, the release said. Responses will be considered by the PHCC Board and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) chancellor, Dr. Glenn DuBois, as part of the search process.

According to Dr. Christopher Lee, VCCS associate vice chancellor, human resource services, a search committee will review application materials after the position is advertised nationally. The committee chairman and co-chairman both will be VCCS presidents, and other members will include representatives from other VCCS schools with expertise in a variety of areas, the release said.

Four PHCC Board members will be on the search committee. They are Lillian Holland, James E. Rountree Sr., Eddie White and Victor Williams. The committee's primary responsibilities include reviewing, screening and evaluating the credentials and application materials of potential candidates; selecting candidates for interviews; interviewing candidates; and recommending semi-finalists for consideration.

According to information shared at the December PHCC College Board meeting, in a typical presidential search, the top 10 or so candidates spend several days in Richmond for a formal interview and presentation and to meet with the chancellor and his cabinet. Three or four finalists are selected, who are then vetted by an independent firm.

The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges then certifies the finalists, and the college community determines the candidate with the "best fit." The entire process can take about six months, according to DuBois.

The new president at PHCC is expected to begin July 1.


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