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Durham Tech Names 5 Candidates for President

Posted August 13, 2007 2:03 p.m. EDT

— Durham Technical Community College's Board of Trustees has named five candidates that will interview to become its next president.

The semifinalists were selected from 68 applications to replace longtime Durham Tech President Phail Wynn Jr., who plans to retire at the end of the year. Twenty-one of the applicants had presidency experience, and 11 are sitting college presidents, officials said.

The semi-finalists are as follows:

  • Algie Gatewood, president of Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus in Oregon and a former administrator at Anson Community College in North Carolina.
  • William G. “Bill” Ingram, senior vice president and chief instructional officer of Durham Tech.
  • Augusta Julian, president and chief executive of Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky and a former Durham Tech administrator.
  • Sharon Morrissey, vice president for instructional services at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
  • Ron D. Wright, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Ohio.

Interviews with the five candidates are scheduled for the last two weeks of August and will include “Meet and Greet” sessions with students and with faculty and staff and lunch with college administrators.

Officials said the board hopes to submit the names of three finalists to the the State Board of Community Colleges by Sept. 4 for their review during the Sept. 21 board meeting. The Durham Tech board will then use feedback from the state board in nominating a candidate to Community College System President Martin Lancaster and the state board for approval at its Oct. 19 meeting.

The consulting firm of Gold Hill Associates is assisting with Durham Tech’s president search.