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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2015
Craven Community College Board of Trustees Selects its New President
New Bern, N.C. – Craven Community College (CCC) Board of Trustees (BOT) has announced their recommendation of Dr. Raymond Staats as the new, and fifth, president of Craven Community College. The selection is pending approval by the State Board of Community Colleges.
“We are very pleased to announce that the Trustees unanimously agree that Dr. Staats is the best choice as Craven Community College’s fifth President. His broad experience and knowledge, his past successes and challenges, and most importantly his leadership vision and style, will serve us well as he leads an exceptional team of dedicated college educators and administrators into its future,” said Kevin Roberts, CCC Board of Trustees chair, who also led the Presidential Search Committee.
Dr. Staats currently serves as Operations Research Analyst for U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Ky. Dr. Staats received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
The board began its work in November 2014, following the announcement by Dr. Catherine Chew that she would retire in October 2015. A nine-member search committee was appointed by the board, and included members of the BOT, CCC faculty and administrative staff, and local industry leadership. Pending approval, it is expected that Dr. Staats will begin in his position as president on July 15, 2015. More information about the presidential search can be found on the college’s website: www.cravencc.edu/presidentialsearch.
Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. In the 2014-15 academic year, the college celebrates its 50th year as an independent institution. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit www.cravencc.edu.