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Presidential Search Position Announcement

Presidential Search Position Announcement


The Board of Governors of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) invites applications and nominations for the position of President. The Board seeks a strategic, innovative, and collaborative leader who will serve as the institution’s chief executive officer, shaping a vision that is aligned with the institutional mission and guiding relevant strategic initiatives to build upon the success of the College in serving the region, state, and beyond through its programs.

SWVCTC was established in 1971 as an independently accredited, comprehensive community college through the consolidation of two existing branches of Marshall University. Since 1971, the College has considerably expanded its academic, workforce development, and community service offerings. SWVCTC has distinguished itself as a premier community college dedicated to excellence and quality in providing accessible, affordable, and education and training to its constituents. With over 1,838 full and part-time students, SWVCTC offers associate degrees, certificate programs, and skill set programs in Allied Health, Applied and Industrial Technology, Business, Humanities, Non-traditional, Social Science, and University Transfer Programs. An impressive Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign has been underway to support program and facility expansion. Additional information about the College can be found at  


The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and reports directly to the 12-member Board of Governors,  nine  of  whom  are  appointed  by  the  Governor  of  West  Virginia. The President is responsible for executing the institution’s strategic plan and the will of the Board. The President is also responsible for developing and making recommendations to the Board on all major policy, program, and budget matters.


A Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution is required; an earned doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; is capable of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a broad range  of  individuals  from  diverse  backgrounds;  and  has  a  record  of  building partnerships and coalitions with business, government, public schools, colleges and universities, and other community groups. The successful candidate will be expected to foster, reinforce, enhance, and expand collaboration with the communities the College serves; actively manage the affairs of the College; and provide effective leadership in supporting and promoting economic development and work force preparation, academic excellence, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and strategic planning. 


A confidential review of nominations and application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by August 7, 2015. A nomination letter should include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. An application should include: a letter describing interest in the position and relevant qualifications; a curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.  All materials should be submitted electronically via MS Word or PDF attachments to:

Confidential inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. George Ayers by email at or by phone at 703-418-2815.