Online survey seeks input on new COA leader


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Monday, November 14, 2016

College of The Albemarle trustees are seeking input from the public in their search for a new COA president.

The college began an online survey last week asking citizens as well as COA staff and students in the college’s seven-county service territory what goals the college should have as it seeks a new president and the type of person trustees should be looking for in hiring a new president.   

Current COA President Kandi Deitemeyer resigned in September to take over as president of Charlotte-based Piedmont Community College. She will be leaving COA at the end of the year.

The survey, which is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJLM8D3, asks participants to list what they think are the college’s most important challenges, opportunities and priorities. Participants are also asked to describe the characteristics they’d most like to see in the next COA president. 

Participants don't have to provide their names, but the survey does ask them to identify themselves as either a faculty member, staffer, administrator, student or community member.

The survey is a recommendation by the Association of Community College Trustees, a Washington, D.C.-based firm trustees hired to assist with the presidential search.

ACCT officials have said the survey will help create a profile of the type of candidates trustees are interested in recruiting for the president’s job. The trustees will review, edit and finalize the profile by late this month or early next month.

The profile will then become a guiding document for candidates as they compile their application packages. COA’s presidential search committee will also use it while reviewing applicants for the job as president.

Those wishing to take the survey have until Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. to do so.

ACCT has said trustees should look to have a new president hired by late March.