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Presidential Search 2020


The Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of President of McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC). The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer and reports directly to the appointed twelve-member Board.

Established in 1964, MTCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. MTCC primarily serves McDowell County but draws students from numerous counties in western North Carolina. Classes are also offered online and at other locations in the community to make education accessible to all.

Required Qualifications:

A minimum requirement of a master’s degree from an accredited institution; however, an earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution is preferred

Minimum of three years senior-level administrative experience, preferably at a community college or university. Senior-level experience in business, government or military will also be considered.

Application Procedure:

Our presidential profile, institutional profile and full application procedure is listed below. To make general inquiries about MTCC, or for clarification regarding application materials, contact Madalyn Gaito, Search Liaison to the Board, at

To be assured consideration, applications must be received by August 27, 2020. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Presidential Profile

McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) primarily serves McDowell County in western North Carolina but enrolls students from throughout the region.  MTCC educates, inspires, and supports a diverse community of learners to achieve professional and personal success and 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 two dozen curriculum programs leading to degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus a wide array of corporate and community education and training programs serving industry, economic, and enrichment needs in McDowell and surrounding counties.  MTCC’s next leader will be committed to the North Carolina Community College System mission of advancing the economic and cultural well-being of its service area by aligning its programs and services with current and 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 an understanding of the challenges of student recruitment, retention, and success.  MTCC has an array of initiatives to recruit students and promote student success, such as collaborations with local high schools, student life programs, and a fully dedicated faculty and staff.  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. Our next president must be able to positively and strategically communicate the college’s needs and vision to the county commissioners, Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development Commission, as well as work effectively with a diverse community.  MTCC’s next president will be an excellent communicator, able to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, including college employees and community leaders and members, 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 the college students, employees, and to the larger, diverse community.  The 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 college’s resources to advance its 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.  In addition, the desired candidate will demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to diversity as represented in the college community and service area.

Institutional Profile

McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC), located on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, serves McDowell County, North Carolina and the surrounding region. The college has a rich history, having been established in 1964 as a satellite campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College before gaining independent status in 1967. The college moved to its current 31-acre site in 1970 and was officially chartered in 1971 as McDowell Technical Institute.

In 1979, the college’s name was changed to McDowell Technical College and in 1988 to the current McDowell Technical Community College. Although the name has changed, the process of lifelong learning has remained its primary focus.

MTCC is one of 58 members in the North Carolina Community College System. Through an open-door policy, MTCC seeks to provide student-centered accessible, high-quality educational opportunities and services, which fulfill the personal development, training and employment needs of the residents, businesses, and industries of McDowell County and the surrounding areas. 

MTCC offers 114 Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates across 23 disciplines to over 1,200 curriculum students annually. The college also has a strong record of working with local business and industry through Continuing Education, Workforce Development, the Small Business Center, and Career Readiness; offering training to over 6,000 students on an annual basis. MTCC partners with McDowell County Schools through two Early Colleges and Career and College Promise, offering college courses to over 500 high school students. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is currently completing their ten-year reaccreditation cycle.

The college recognizes each person’s right to an education and seeks to contribute to the maximum development of a globally and culturally diverse workforce and improve the quality of life of the individuals in our community.

McDowell County, with a population of approximately 46,000, is located within the southern Appalachian Mountains region, 30 miles east of Asheville, NC. With elevations that range from 969 feet above sea level to over 5,600 feet, McDowell is one of the most geographically diverse counties in North Carolina. The Pisgah National Forest draws hikers, campers, anglers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and waterfall seekers.  McDowell County, has two distinct townships within its borders: the county seat of Marion and to the west, Old Fort. 

Marion boasts a bustling downtown district with art, theaters, restaurants, shops, antique stores, and breweries. Marion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was awarded the NC Small Town of the Year Award (2018) McDowell’s county seat has a rich history and bright future. 

Old Fort, located in the western part of the county, is considered the gateway to the mountains and has the perfect mix of quaint mountain shops and ample recreational opportunities. With a growing small business presence, Old Fort may be small but is on the move toward becoming a special place to live and work. 

With strong academic programs, a dedicated faculty and staff and a supportive Board of Trustees, the college is seeking an energetic visionary leader to match the trajectory of the college and the community.

Application Procedure:

The complete application packet will be submitted electronically to:  This packet must include: (1) cover letter, not to exceed two pages, that shows how the applicant’s background and experiences address the characteristics identified in the Presidential Profile  (2) a resume, not to exceed five pages, with relevant credentials and experiences and (3) a complete MTCC application.  Once these materials are submitted, the applicant will receive a conformation e-mail.

To be assured consideration, resumes, cover letters and MTCC application must be submitted by August 27, 2020.