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- An earned doctorate (from a regionally accredited institution) is preferred or a master's degree combined with exemplary professional experience.
- Successful administrative experience is required, community college experience and teaching experience are preferred.
- Be driven by a strong commitment to student access and success and to ensuring that those values are obvious in all programs, activities and policies of the college.
- Be willing to take data-informed risks when necessary to accomplish the strategic goals of the college.
- Communicate and listen effectively in ways that tend to foster strong relations with faculty, staff, students, and the community at large so that all partners are informed about and engaged in our work.
- Be capable of developing strong leadership teams within the faculty and staff in order to implement the goals of the college.
- Be financially competent in order to ensure the college's financial stability and, at the same time, ensure that the resources of the college are properly allocated or re-allocated to best encourage student success and completion.
- Have experience and skills to secure both public and private funds that are aligned with the college's student access and success goals.
- Understand and have experience in making the case for difficult and long-term changes that are often necessary to accelerate desired student outcomes.
- Have the skills and experiences that demonstrate an ability to work in an effective governance relationship with the board of trustees.
- Have a record of demonstrated success in working with industry leaders, state and county commerce officials, and local economic development groups to promote new and expanding industry initiatives.
Davidson-Davie Community College is a comprehensive, open-admission, public two-year college and is the only institution of higher education in Davidson and Davie counties. The college serves approximately 12,000 students each year. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Davidson-Davie offers over 40 degree and diploma programs, including the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science and the Associate in Applied Sciences degrees. In addition, the college provides a variety of non-credit programs including Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, and English as a Second Language. Davidson-Davie also offers a variety of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, including nearly 50 state and national certification credential opportunities and more than 150 topics for industry licensure preparation, improving previously acquired skills, gaining new skills, and personal growth and general interest. The range of our educational offerings is truly comprehensive.
And, in the variety of all that we do, the common theme is student success. For the past decade, our college has been dedicated to comprehensively redesigning student pathways to improve student success. As a result of being engaged in national community college reform initiatives, such as Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and the Rural College Leaders Program, the vision of student success at Davidson-Davie has evolved from one focused on access to one focused on equity and completion.
Davidson-Davie was one of five colleges named a 2021 recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, recognizing excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of the Davidson-Davie experience.
To support our mission, vision and values, we have identified four strategic goals with associated objectives that define our priorities and guide our direction. The 2021-2025 strategic goals are:
- CHAMPION LEARNING to fulfill our mission and vision of providing accessible high-quality postsecondary education for our communities
- PRIORITIZE RELATIONSHIPS to ensure that every student builds authentic and meaningful connections that support growth and success in their educational journey
- BUILD PARTNERSHIPS to foster collaborations among local and global business, industry, and education sectors that promote innovation and economic growth
- INVEST IN OUR FUTURE to secure and sustain the financial and human resources required to lead North Carolina community colleges in student success
Davidson-Davie Community College opened in 1963 as the Davidson County Industrial Education Center. Like other industrial education centers chartered in the 1950s and consolidated under the Community College Act of 1963, this center was designed to equip adults with the skills needed to move from an agricultural to a manufacturing-based economy. When the William E. Sinclair Building opened on a 22-acre site in 1963, 125 students were enrolled in vocational and technical programs and 51 students in adult education and service programs. In 1965, the institution was chartered as Davidson County Community College (DCCC). The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees were added to the existing Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma, and certificate offerings.
The physical footprint of the College has seen tremendous growth over the years. The Uptown Lexington Education Center opened in 2004, the Thomasville Education Center in 2005, and the Davie Education Center in Bermuda Run in 2008. On the Davidson Campus, the Conference Center opened in 2009, the Transportation Technology Building in 2010, the East Carolina University dental clinic in 2014, and the Sarah and Edward Smith Health Sciences Center in 2018. On the Davie Campus, major expansion and renovation took place in 2008, and in 2012, an addition to the Gantt Building completed the Davie County Early College building project.
Through a partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie County, the College used the former Davie County Hospital for several years for new programs in the health sciences and is making expansion plans for the future. Such partnerships with health care providers allow the College to continue to expand how we prepare health care workers for a rapidly-changing landscape.
Today, Davidson-Davie offers over 40 programs of study that have evolved to ensure that students enter the workforce with 21st-century knowledge. In addition to robust transfer programs, Davidson-Davie has programs in fields such as advanced manufacturing, allied health, dental assisting, and information technology. Davidson-Davie is also one of the few community colleges nationally to have a zoo and aquarium science program. Both the Davidson and Davie campuses are home to successful Early College high school programs; the College also partners with the Yadkin Valley Career Academy. Student clubs and an athletic program contribute to a vibrant campus life, while a successful international education program gives students the opportunity both to travel abroad and meet international visitors who come to campus.
On January 1, 2021, by the action of the College Board of Trustees, DCCC became Davidson-Davie Community College, to better reflect what has always been true — the College proudly serves both Davidson and Davie counties and supports the success of our students and citizens.
- Average class size is 18
- Over 500,000 students have enrolled in at least one course since 1963
- Current enrollment in credit programs is just under 6,500
- The college has a successful international studies agenda including study abroad opportunities.
- Davidson-Davie has over 20 active student clubs, an NJCAA athletic program, and an active student government.
- 75% of our students receive financial aid
- A dental clinic managed by East Carolina University is located on the Davidson County campus.
Davidson-Davie Community College is an award-winning institution that is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure student learning and success. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. Our goal is to identify individuals who will assist in our mission so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at Davidson-Davie Community College.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (not to exceed 5 pages) that describes skills and past experiences that reflect the required characteristics listed above, and a current curriculum vitae. These documents should be sent to PresidentialSearch@DavidsonDavie.edu.
For a confidential discussion about the position or to make a nomination, please contact George Fouts, Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees, at 336.224.4520.