The Western Piedmont Community College board of trustees has announced that four finalists have been selected for the presidency of Western Piedmont Community College, including one from Mitchell Community College.
Those finalists are Towuanna Porter Brannon, James “J.W.” Kelley, Mark Roth and Joel Welch. Porter Brannon, Kelley and Roth hold doctorate degrees in education, and Welch has a doctorate in philosophy.
Scott Mulwee, chairman of the WPCC board of trustees, shared the information with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday.
“I would personally like to thank the entire college community for your continued interest and support in the process to identify Western Piedmont Community College’s next president,” Mulwee said.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each member of the Presidential Search Committee for their exceptional work and effort.”
Each presidential finalist will participate in an open forum. Mulwee invited students, faculty, staff and the general public to attend the open forums.
There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Feedback forms will be given to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the WPCC board of trustees for review.
The forum for Porter Brannon will be held on Monday, Roth’s forum will be held on Tuesday, Kelley’s forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Welch’s forum will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27.
All four forums will start at 3 p.m. and be held in Leviton Auditorium on the WPCC campus.
Porter Brannon is vice president for student services at Mitchell Community College in Statesville.
She previously served as assistant dean at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y. Brannon earned a doctor of education in educational leadership, administration and policy from Fordham University in New York City and a master’s degree of science in special education and a bachelor’s degree of science in human services from St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y.
Kelley is associate vice president for student services in the North Carolina Community College System Office in Raleigh.
He previously served as vice president for student services at Randolph Community College in Asheboro.
Kelley earned a doctor of education in the management of programs for children, youth and families from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a master’s degree of arts in counseling from Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree of arts in the Bible from Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn.
Roth is vice president of corporate and workforce development and the online college at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, S.C.
He previously served as president and CEO of RCH Inc. in Greenville, S.C.
Roth earned a doctor of education in higher education executive leadership from Wingate University in Wingate, a master’s degree of business administration in finance and marketing from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree of science in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix.
Welch is provost and vice president of transformative learning at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. He previously served as dean of the business and technology division at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, S.C.
Welch earned a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., a master’s degree of engineering in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree of science in civil engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.
“We are looking forward to a successful completion of the presidential search process,” Mulwee said. “If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to our Presidential Search liaisons.”
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