Community Invited to Share Thoughts on Next PCC President

Graphic showing PCC's five presidents on blue background.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold a pair of public forums March 13 to give the community a chance to discuss the qualities, characteristics and qualifications of PCC’s next president and the challenges facing the college in the years ahead.

Current PCC President Lawrence L. Rouse announced in January that he would be officially stepping away from his role with the college on June 30, after more than 40 years in higher education. PCC Trustees hired Rouse in the summer of 2018 to become the fifth president in Pitt’s 63-year history, after Lloyd Spaulding, William Fulford, Charles Russell and G. Dennis Massey.

“The PCC Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have begun the search to identify the next president of Pitt Community College,” PCC Trustees Chair Charles Ellis said. “The board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive and transparent national search that will attract a strong and diverse pool of candidates from throughout North Carolina and the nation.”

Both public forums this month will take place in the G. Henry Leslie Auditorium (Room 143) on PCC’s main campus and last about an hour. The first runs from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and the second is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kennon Briggs, a search consultant with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), will facilitate the sessions.

PCC Vice President of Human Resources Ina Rawlinson says information collected from the forums will be used in development of a presidential profile, an important part of the search process.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout from the community,” Rawlinson said. “Their attendance and engagement are very important in the overall hiring process.”

As chair of PCC’s trustees board, Ellis is leading the search for Rouse’s replacement with assistance from ACCT, which has conducted more than 750 community college presidential searches. Briggs is Pitt’s ACCT search consultant and will work with trustees and an eight-member presidential search committee comprised of the following individuals:

  • Charles Ellis (PCC Trustees Chair)
  • Gary Evans (PCC Trustee)
  • Dr. Steve Lassiter (PCC Trustee)
  • Josh Lewis (Community Member)
  • Dr. Ina Rawlinson (PCC Vice President of Human Resources)
  • Dr. Patti Sanders-Smith (PCC Trustee)
  • Dr. Bill Sypawka (PCC Faculty)
  • Dan Taylor (PCC Foundation Board Member)

Those unable to attend a forum are encouraged to complete a brief electronic survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pitt-community-college-presidential-search. Survey feedback must be submitted by March 14 at 5 p.m.