UPDATE: Craven CC’s Board of Trustees have selected Dr. Raymond W. Staats as the new, and fifth, president. The selection is pending approval by the State Board of Community Colleges. More details: /news/craven-community-college-board-of-trustees-selects-its-new-president/
Dr. Raymond Staats (click for resume)
Operations Research Analyst for U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Ky.
Audio from Presidential Search Forum – Dr. Staats: [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/public_html/wp-content/uploads/Staats.mp3″]
The Board of Trustees and the Search Advisory Committee of Craven Community College invite applications and nominations for the position of president. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the College, working under the general direction of the Board of Trustees.
The next president of Craven Community College will assume leadership in a college that has well-developed strengths, both internal and external. He or she will lead strategic planning; then implement ongoing changes that will continue Craven on its voyage of improving and enriching individual lives in the Eastern North Carolina Coastal Plains area.
The Board of Trustees seeks a strong, caring leader whose ethics, integrity and consensus-building style will enable them to quickly become an integral part of the College and the community. The new President will be capable of developing strong relationships at the local, state and regional levels and be committed to continuing the welcoming, friendly environment that defines Craven Community College.
Celebrating its 50th year of growth, Craven Community College serves about 104,000 residents through two campuses, New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point; it has an annual operating budget of $36 million. In 2013, the school served 4598 credit and 9482 non-credit students. The College delivers courses and programs both in traditional and online formats. Craven also has strong partnerships with the nearby Marine base, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and Southern Illinois University which enable students to earn a bachelor degree without leaving the community. In conjunction with the local public K-12 system, Craven offers an Early College at both campuses, where innovative educational strategies and technology are embedded.
The College is home to Public Radio East (PRE), a non-profit broadcasting affiliate of National Public Radio and Public Radio International, which is located on the New Bern campus and licensed to the College Board of Trustees. Since 1984, Public Radio East has served the 17 counties of Eastern Carolina, now broadcasting 24 hours a day on five frequencies. It is Eastern Carolina’s primary source for classical, jazz, and American music and is a resource for public service announcements in the region.
Craven Community College delivers customized training designed for and in collaboration with business, industry and the military. Activities, services, group travel and special programs, such as Exploration of the Arts, are offered by the Lifetime Learning Center in response to cultural needs and quality of life interests of community populations and for the leisure enjoyment and enrichment of adults and youth served.
The College is supported in its mission by an active and growing Foundation with an engaged and dynamic Board of Directors. In 2013-2014 it awarded $220,714 in scholarships and currently has endowed investments of nearly $2 million.
The Board of Trustees provides support and direction for the President; there is a talented, experienced leadership team in place that will partner with and provide advice and counsel.
Craven Community College is positioned well. By maintaining and building on the College’s reputation, the new President will have an excellent opportunity to guide the College’s growth and development in the future.