CFCC releases names of presidential finalists

The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees has narrowed down the pool of presidential candidates to five finalists and will hold a series of public forums so that college employees, students and the general public can have an opportunity to meet each of the finalists and give their feedback to the board.

The finalists include:

  • Dr. William S. Carver, II - Forum date: 7/18 –  Dr. Bill Carver has been with Nash Community College for 25 years; serving as President for the past seven years.  Prior to becoming President, Dr. Carver held the positions of Vice President of Instruction and Dean of Continuing Education.  During his tenure, Dr. Carver has been instrumental in developing new curriculum offerings including the College’s successful Electrical Lineman program.  Focusing attention on Health and Public Services, Dr. Carver initiated the Licensed Practical Nursing and Evening Associate Degree Nursing programs at NCC.  In 2006, he prepared the program of study for one of the original five Early Colleges.   Dr. Carver received his BS in Economics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Business from Campbell University, and his Doctor of Education, Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Carver and his wife Janet reside in Rocky Mount, NC.
  • Dr. Richard J. Federinko - Forum date: 7/23 - Dr. Richard J. Federinko completed the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.  During his career he worked in industry and government before serving five community colleges and three universities in staff, faculty, and administrative positions.  For twenty-two years, he served as president of three community colleges in Alabama and Georgia before serving his alma mater Troy University for three years as a Senior Vice Chancellor. Richard’s wife Patricia is a former college English and Art instructor and they have five grown children.  Their interests include travel, water sports, and collegiate events.
  • Dr. Greg F. Rutherford - Forum date: 7/19 - A native of Asheville, NC, Greg Rutherford is presently in his sixth year as president of York Technical College, a comprehensive community college, in Rock Hill, SC.  Greg is himself a community college graduate who went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in management from UNC-Asheville, MBA from Western Carolina University and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in community college leadership.  Beginning his community college career in North Carolina, Greg worked at A-B Technical Community College and Haywood Community College for a combined total of nearly twenty years.  Most of his career has involved working closely with business, industry and economic developers in supporting community growth and development.  Recognized as the Haywood County Chamber’s volunteer of the year in 2006, Greg also received distinguished graduate status from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and was a recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2012 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at their international meeting this year. Greg has two adult children and in his personal time likes to backpack, fish and golf.
  • Dr. Ted D. Spring - Forum date: 7/25 - Dr. Ted D. Spring has served as president of New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia since 2005. Spring’s professional career has for the most part been at two-year colleges; however, he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has over 33 years in college administration, serving as a chair of academic divisions, as vice president for academic affairs and as an executive vice president at two colleges. Spring is the current chair of the Council of North Central Two Year Colleges, chair-elect of the national Rural Community College Alliance organization, and chair-elect of Workforce Region I, which serves an eleven country region in southeastern West Virginia. Spring’s career in two year college education spans four decades. He is a first generation college student and a graduate of a community college. He earned an associate in applied science degree from Adirondack Community College in New York, a bachelors of Science degree from Castleton State College in Vermont, a Master of Education degree from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He is married to Andrea Stilson Spring and they have two children.
  • Dr. Rod Townley - Forum date: 7/24 - Dr. Rod Townley has 20 years of community college administrative experience and has gained particular expertise securing large grants and in fundraising at the local, regional and national levels. He is currently serving as the Vice President of Academic Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and served as dean of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) area at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. He also oversaw the Futures Institute and the President’s Entrepreneurial Team while at Central Piedmont. Dr. Townley is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and an avid hiker climber, kayaker, cyclist, golfer and skier. He has a daughter in the graduate program at Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.

The forums will be held on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday July 18 at 1 p.m. Wilmington Campus Cafeteria - Bill Carver
  • Thursday July 19 at 1 p.m. Wilmington Campus Cafeteria - Greg Rutherford
  • Monday July 23 at 1 p.m. Wilmington Campus Cafeteria - Richard Federinko
  • Tuesday July 24 at 1 p.m. Wilmington Campus Cafeteria - Rod Townley
  • Wednesday July 25 at 1 p.m. Wilmington Campus Cafeteria - Ted Spring

A different candidate will be featured at each forum.

During the program, each candidate will be asked to give a presentation about their background and vision for the college, followed by a question and answer session. Guests will then be able to talk briefly with the candidates individually.

Guests will be asked to provide feedback and impressions about each candidate. That information will be provided to the trustees and will be considered as part of the final selection process.