ACC Trustees appoint new President
GRAHAM – The Alamance Community College Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Algie Gatewood as its next President, pending final approval of the N.C. Community Colleges System at its scheduled meeting on July 19.
Dr. Gatewood will serve as the College’s fourth president since its beginning in 1958. He has served as President of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon since 2004.
ACC’s current president, Dr. Martin Nadelman, earlier announced his retirement effective Oct. 1 this year. The process to choose ACC’s next president began in January this year.
Dr. Gatewood was among six finalists interviewed for the post in June. Prior to his current position in Portland, he served in the Office of the President at the University of North Carolina from 1997-2004 as the Director of Health, Education and Welfare and the Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.
Additionally, Dr. Gatewood served as Dean of Student Services at Anson Community College in Polkton, North Carolina from 1982-1997. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science/History from Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education/College Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He received his Doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.
ACC board chairman Carl R. Steinbicker announced that Dr. Gatewood’s initial term would run from Oct. 1, 2013 to April 30, 2015 with contract renewal then reviewed annually.
Six finalists were evaluated and vetted by a 15-person screening committee, composed of College trustees, staff, faculty, student, and representatives from the business community and local government. That screening committee began meeting in March, culling a pool of 29 applicants to 12 and then to six.
The ACC Board of Trustees invited broad-based community feedback from the beginning, asking staff, faculty and Alamance citizens in January to help build a profile of characteristics they believed the next College President should possess. The trustees then interviewed the six candidates referred to them by the 15-member screening committee and narrowed that selection to three and then to the final presidential candidate.
“I’m elated,” Dr. Gatewood said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to bring back to North Carolina – and more specifically to Alamance County – skills and experience I have developed over time in order to move Alamance Community College to the next level. The wonderful thing is that I’ll be building upon a strong base, thanks to Dr. Nadelman, which will be of great importance. I’m very happy because North Carolina is my home and it’s great to return there.”
Last month, Dr. Gatewood and two other finalists were submitted to the N.C. Community College System’s office in Raleigh for review and approval. All three finalists were approved.