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Three Named as Finalists to Head Community Colleges

Posted November 16, 2007

— The State Board of Community Colleges named three finalists Friday to succeed Martin Lancaster as system president.

The candidates that will be interviewed on Dec. 6, when a final decision is expected, are:

  • Kennon Briggs of Cary. He has served as the vice president for business and finance at the North Carolina Community College System for the past 10 years. He was a senior budget analyst with the Office of State Budget and Management, the county manager for Yadkin County, and the county administrator for Jones County. He obtained both his B.A in sociology and M.P.A in urban management from N.C. State University.
  • Philip R. Day, Jr.  He has served as the chancellor of City College of San Francisco for the past nine years. Prior to that he was president at Daytona Beach Community College, Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts, and Dundalk Community College (Baltimore, MD). He obtained his M. Ed in counselor education from SUNY in Buffalo, his B.S. in psychology (Portland, ME) and his Ed.D in adult and higher education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • Scott Ralls. Ralls has served as president at Craven Community College for the past five years. Prior to that he was the vice president for economic and workforce development at the NC Community College System, director of economic development at the System Office, and a director at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial and organizational psychology and a Master of Arts in industrial /organizational psychology, both from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in industrial relations and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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  • NC is my home Nov 17, 2007

    Promote from within. I see no point in bringing in someone from out of state, when there are two very qualified candidates already serving North Carolina.