McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: 828-652-6021

Job Location

54 College Drive, Marion, NC


Salary set by NC Legislature/NCCCS with possible local supplement


regular college benefits

Job Category

  • Executive/Administrative/Managerial

Application Period

Opens: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Closes: Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Target Start Date

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Expected Work Hours

Daytime hours with additional hours as needed

Reports to

Board of Trustees

Employment Type

full-time permanent

Minimum Qualifications

An earned doctorate, from an accredited institution, is preferred but a master’s degree from an accredited institution may also be considered when combined with appropriate experience.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of senior-level administrative experience, preferably at a community college or university. Senior-level experience in business, legal, government, medical or military will also be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

An earned doctorate, from an accredited institution, is preferred. Community college or university senior-level administrative experience is also preferred.

Position Description

The college’s next president will be one who has accomplished the following:  

Demonstrated visionary leadership to strategically advance the college’s expansion of innovative, community-based programming, and services.  MTCC currently offers over 100 degrees, diploma and certificate programs, plus a wide array of corporate and community enrichment programs. McDowell County has a diverse manufacturing base, so workforce development is a top MTCC priority with programs aimed at improving basic skills, advancing economic development, customized industry training and small business center activities.  MTCC’s next leader will be committed to the North Carolina Community College System's mission of advancing the economic and cultural well-being of its service area by aligning its programs and services with the businesses and industries that currently call McDowell County home while also working with leaders to focus on future needs. The next president will also have a record of progressive leadership, demonstrating achievements and success with each position held.

Demonstrated commitment to student success, including understanding the challenges of student recruitment, retention, and success.  MTCC offers an array of initiatives to recruit students and promote student success, such as seamless enrollment opportunities to qualifying high school juniors and seniors through its Career and College Promise program, and collaboration with the McDowell County Schools including two early colleges on the MTCC campus. MTCC’s next president will have the ability to inspire faculty and staff to constantly seek innovative strategies to attract and enroll new students, to promote student success, to seek and enhance partnerships with Local Education Authorities, public and private colleges and universities, and other entities to encourage and support students to reach the highest educational attainment for which they are capable.    

Demonstrated leadership in advancing the college’s role in improving the lives of the people in its service area. MTCC’s next president must be able to positively and strategically communicate the college’s needs and vision to the county commissioners and other elected officials at both the local and state levels.  The next president will be the leading spokesperson for MTCC with key local and county constituencies including the Chamber of Commerce, county economic development efforts, as well as be able to work effectively within a diverse   community.  MTCC’s next president will be an excellent communicator, both written and oral, able to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, including college employees and community leaders and garner their support for the college’s mission and vision. This includes obtaining financial support for the college’s foundation and working with government and private sources of funding for projects essential for the college’s success.

Demonstrated leadership in articulating the mission and vision of the college to students, faculty, and staff and to the larger, diverse community.  The next president will have a strong commitment to the role and purpose of community colleges and will align MTCC with that role and purpose. Working with the college’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Foundation, the president will promote the college in ways that increase the visibility and resources to advance MTCC’s mission. The president will understand the relationship between the college executive and the Board of Trustees, providing appropriate leadership in policy development and in guiding the college in the direction set by the board.  MTCC has a proud record of diversity and inclusion, and the desired candidate will demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to such a record, as represented in the college community and service area. 

How to Apply

Visit for details: (see presidential profile and application procedure)

All application materials must be submitted electronically via email to: and include the following:  

(1) A cover letter, not to exceed two pages, which shows how the applicant’s background and experiences address the characteristics identified in the presidential profile.

(2) A resume, NOT to exceed five pages, that addresses qualifications and experience.  

(3) A list of five professional references, including name and telephone numbers (cell, home, and business).  

References, at this stage, WILL NOT be contacted without authorization by the applicant.

Once these materials are submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email.  

To be assured of consideration, ALL material must be received by 12:00 PM EST on December 12th, 2023. Application packets, submitted as noted above, will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants, as determined by the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees, will be invited to travel to the MTCC campus in Marion, NC for presentations to the trustees, faculty, staff, students, and the community. Interviews are expected to be held in late February or early March 2024 with a projected start date for the new president of June 1, 2024. All applicants will be notified when the position has been filled. 

Job Post Contact

Michael Lavender
54 College Dr.
Marion, NC  28752