GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The State Board of Community Colleges voted Dr. James “Jimmie” Williamson unanimously as the eighth System President for the NC Community Colleges.
He’s currently the CEO and President of the SC Technical College System. Williamson will begin his new role on July 1 at an annual salary of $285,000.
“Dr. Williamson exceeded all of our expectations,” said Jerry Vaughan, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “His experience brings together business, education as well as workforce and economic development. We couldn’t be more pleased that he will be bringing his considerable talents to North Carolina and to our System.”
Williamson has worked two years as the System President of SC Technical College. Additionally, he’s been at the helm of South Carolina’s top-ranked apprenticeship program and was named “State Employee of the Year” by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils last year.
George Fouts, who became Interim System President on September 1, 2015, will continue in his role until June 30, 2016.
“One of the things that really stood out for both the Search Committee and the Board was his business experience,” said State Board Chair Scott Shook.
“He has been on the educational and training side and on the employer side. That’s a unique combination, and we believe it is one that will benefit our 58 colleges and our state as we work to educate our workforce and to respond to employer needs.”