RCC presidential search narrowed to six finalistsOct 16, 2014
On Monday, October 13, the Presidential Search Committee at Rockingham Community College concluded its role in the presidential search process. The group was charged with the task of narrowing the applications to six finalists.
The remainder of the presidential search process is the responsibility of the RCC Board of Trustees. On October 27-30 and November 3-4, the board members will interview each candidate, one per day.
In conjunction with the interviews, each candidate will address RCC’s students, faculty, staff, and the community during an open forum held on the afternoon of their interview. The open forums will be held in the RCC Auditorium located in the Advanced Technologies building. The forums will begin at 3:00PM and end at 4:30PM.
Open forums are scheduled on the following days: Monday, October 27 – Dr. Chad A. Bledsoe; Tuesday, October 28 – Dr. Mark O. Kinlaw; Wednesday, October 29 – Dr. Keith Mackie; Thursday, October 30 – Dr. John D. Hauser; Monday, November 3 – Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle; Tuesday, November 4 – Dr. Robert E. Lowdermilk, III.
Comment forms will be provided at each forum. The forms must be returned to Ms. Joy Chappell, RCC director of human resources, the same day as the forum.
The Board of Trustees plans to announce the new president in November 2014.
The six finalists are:
Dr. Chad A. Bledsoe has served as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Piedmont Community College since 2011. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Academic and Workforce Development at Haywood Community College from 2008-2011. Dr. Bledsoe also served as Dean of Computer, Business, and Engineering Technologies at Surry Community College from 2006-2008. While at Wilkes Community College, Dr. Bledsoe served as the Dean of Instructional Service Division in 2006; Chair, Business and Public Service Technologies Division from 2005-2006; and Director of Institutional Research, Planning, & Effectiveness from 2004-2005.
Dr. Bledsoe earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University, a Master of Business Administration with a major in Business Administration/Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Teaching with a major in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. John D. Hauser has served as Vice President for Industrial and Workforce Development at Wilkes Community College since 2011. Prior to his current position, he served the college as Dean of Advanced Industrial and Health Technologies Division from 2009-2011 and Dean of Industrial Engineering and Customized Industry Training Division from 2006-2009. Dr. Hauser served concurrently as Executive Director of Northwest North Carolina Advanced Materials Cluster, Inc. from 2004-2008 and Director of Industry Services from 1997-2006 at Wilkes Community College. Dr. Hauser earned an Associate in Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology from Surry Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, he earned a Master of Education in Training and Development from North Carolina State University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University.
Dr. Mark O. Kinlaw has served as Vice President for Instruction and Support Services at Robeson Community College since 2001. Dr. Kinlaw served Robeson Community College as Chair of Early Childhood/Social Science Department from 1997-2001, Director of Title III Technology Grant from 1994-1997, and Director of Planning and Research from 1988-1994. Dr. Kinlaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wake Forest University, a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Robert E. Lowdermilk, III has served as Vice President for Student Development at Rockingham Community College since 2007. Prior to his current position, Dr. Lowdermilk served as President of Wood College in Mathiston, Mississippi from 1998-2003. At Lees College Campus of Hazard Community College in Jackson, Kentucky, Dr. Lowdermilk served as Dean of Institutional Advancement from 1996-1997, Vice President for Administration and Assistant to the President from 1992-1996. Dr. Lowdermilk earned an A.B. in Political Science from Guilford College, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Keith Mackie has served as Executive Vice President at Catawba Valley Community College since 2013. Prior to his current position, he served the college as Vice President of Instruction from 2008-2013 and Associate Dean for Business, Graphics, and Public Services from 2004-2006. Dr. Mackie also served as the Graphics and Public Service Division Chairperson and as the Advertising and Graphic Design & Photographic Technology Department Head. In addition
to his roles in administration, Dr. Mackie spent 17 years in the classroom as a graphic design instructor. Dr. Mackie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Western Carolina University, a Master of Arts in Industrial Education from Appalachian State University, and a Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle has served as Senior Vice President of Instruction at Wilkes Community College since 2010. Dr. Sprinkle served Wilkes Community College as Vice President of Instruction & Student Services from 2005-2010, Dean of Student Services from 2003-2005, Institutional Effectiveness Officer from 1997-2003, College Transfer/Institutional Effectiveness Officer from 1996-1997, and Student Support Services Counselor from 1992-1996. Dr. Sprinkle earned an Associate in Science in Natural and Physical Science from Lees McRae College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.