COA trustees hire search firm


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 20, 2016

College of The Albemarle's Board of Trustees has hired a national nonprofit professional search firm to help find a successor to departing COA President Kandi Deitemeyer.

Trustees voted Tuesday to allow board Chairman Paul O'Neal to enter into a contract with the Association of Community College Trustees, or ACCT. The Washington, D.C.-based firm will be paid $30,000, plus travel and other expenses, a college spokeswoman said.

In a brief interview after Tuesday’s meeting, O’Neal said ACCT representatives will be meeting with trustees soon to discuss the terms of the search.

"We'll go over the particulars of their timelines and the steps that they take and when we can expect to have someone in place," he said.

Trustees’ goal is to have an interim president by January and a new full-time president on campus by the spring, O’Neal said.

Deitemeyer, COA’s president since 2010, tendered her resignation to trustees on Sept. 16, saying her plan is leave COA on Dec. 31. Deitemeyer will be leaving to take the president’s job at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte where she will succeed current CPCC President Tony Zeiss, who is retiring.

O'Neal said trustees chose ACCT to help conduct the search for Deitemeyer’s successor "because we felt like they were the most qualified and the best firm." He said trustees considered at least five firms for the search.

According to its website, ACCT has 35 years of experience as a search firm for college chief executives, completing more than 400 searches for everyone from campus presidents to state college system presidents. It also bills itself as the only national nonprofit firm providing services specifically to community colleges and their governing boards.


Besides agreeing to sign a contract with ACCT, trustees met in closed session Tuesday night to discuss price negotiations for property in the 200 block of U.S. Highway 64 in Manteo and the 800 block of North Oakum Street in Edenton.

O’Neal didn’t disclose further specifics, but COA's Edenton-Chowan campus is located in the 800 block of North Oakum and COA has a professional arts gallery in the 200 block of U.S. 64 in Manteo.

O'Neal said trustees took no action on the property matters.