Presidential Search

The Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Vance-Granville Community College.  The president serves as the Chief Executive Officer and reports directly to the appointed twelve-member board.

Established in 1969, VGCC is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System. The VGCC service area includes Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties.  VGCC operates four campuses: Main Campus in Vance County (near Henderson, the area’s largest city), South Campus in Granville County, the Franklin County Campus and the Warren County Campus.  Courses are also offered online and at numerous other locations to make education accessible to all of our communities.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution preferred with a minimum requirement of a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of three years of senior-level administrative experience, preferably at a community college, or equivalent required.

Presidential Profile

Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC), established in 1969, is one of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).  The VGCC service area includes Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties.  VGCC operates four campuses: Main Campus in Vance County, South Campus in Granville County, the Franklin County Campus and the Warren County Campus. Vance-Granville Community College educates, inspires, and supports a diverse community of learners to achieve professional and personal success.

VGCC’s next president will be one who has accomplished the following:

Demonstrated visionary leadership to strategically advance the college’s expansion of innovative, community-based programming and services.  VGCC currently offers 40 curriculum programs leading to degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus a wide array of corporate and community education and training programs serving industry, economic, and enrichment needs of its four-county service area.  The next president will be committed to the NCCCS mission to advance the economic and cultural wellbeing of its service area by aligning its programs and services with current and future needs.

Demonstrated commitment to student success, including a deep understanding of the challenges of student recruitment and retention.  VGCC has an array of positive initiatives to recruit students and promote student success, such as collaborations with local high schools, student life programs including athletics, and fully dedicated faculty and staff.  VGCC’s next president will have the ability to inspire faculty and staff to constantly seek innovative strategies to attract and enroll new students, to promote student success, to seek and enhance partnerships with Local Education Authorities, public and private colleges and universities, and other entities to encourage and support students to reach the highest educational attainment for which they are capable.

Demonstrated leadership in advancing the college’s role in improving the lives of the people in its service area.  VGCC serves four counties in a geographical area greater than the size of Rhode Island, and therefore, the president will be able to positively and strategically communicate the college’s needs and vision to separate county commissions, multiple Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Commissions, and be able to work effectively with a diverse community.  VGCC’s next president will be an excellent communicator, able to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, including college employees and community leaders and members, and garner their support for the college’s mission and vision.  This includes obtaining financial support for the college’s Endowment Fund Corporation and working with government and private sources of funding for projects essential for the college’s success.

Demonstrated leadership in facility planning through a collaborative strategic vision, with a focus on sustainability.  VGCC has four attractive campuses, one in each of its counties.  Through the legacy of past presidents, each campus maintains the signature look of its main campus and serves as outreach to make VGCC’s educational services accessible across the region. VGCC’s president will have a collaborative leadership style that is open to new ideas concerning facility planning and has the financial acumen to identify and allocate resources equitably and effectively.  In addition, VGCC operates a Civic Center for college and community events, a five-star child care facility, and an Early College High School in each of the four counties served.

Demonstrated leadership in articulating the mission and vision of the college to the college employees and to the larger, diverse community.  The president will have a strong commitment to the role and purpose of community colleges and will align VGCC with that role and purpose. Working with the college Board of Trustees, the board of directors of the Endowment Fund Corporation, and independently, the president will promote the college in ways that increase the college’s resources to advance its mission.  The president will understand the relationship between the college executive and the Board of Trustees providing appropriate leadership in policy development and in guiding the college in the direction set by the board.

Leadership: Guide and commit to the college’s vision, mission, and values

Strategic Planning: Lead strategic planning, long-range planning, and campus/facilities master planning for the college

Economic Development: Engage in workforce; economic, and community development efforts through college programs and services as well as with external partner agencies (serve on related boards and commissions)

Resources Management: Utilize efficiently and effectively human, financial, capital, natural and other resources of the institution (college and endowment)

Budget: Oversee budget development and management including state, county, private donations, grants, and other funds

Supervision: Report to the Board of Trustees; Maintain a solid leadership team, faculty and staff

Collaboration: Practice collaborative leadership, shared governance, partnership

Cooperation: Work cooperatively with the Board of Trustees and its committees (including responsibilities outlined in current description); prepare the Board well to govern

Stewardship: Fundraise and support the activities of the Endowment (chair the Endowment Board); seek additional resources to support the college’s mission

Capacity-building: Seek additional resources to support the college’s mission and campuses; and professionally develop college personnel

Community Partnerships: Sustain community, business, and government partnerships as well as positive public relations; be engaged civically; position the college for local, state, and national prominence

Risk Management: Maintain campus safety and security, internal financial controls, crisis response; minimize operational risks

Engagement: Engage with students, faculty and staff, as well as the four-county service area; be involved in state higher education and national initiatives that support the college

Academic Planning: Plan, design, and deliver quality curricula across four campuses and online; work with other educational institutions to establish partnerships; remain current on instructional practices and pedagogy

Communication: Be knowledgeable, prepared, and constructive in communicating internally and externally to promote the college; maintain productive relations with stakeholders

Personnel: Hire, evaluate, develop, and retain competent highly-qualified employees

Policy: Recommend to the board, update, and implement solid college policies that align with state code, state and federal law, and governing bodies including the NC Community College System, SACSCOC, and program accreditors

Philosophy: Maintain an open door philosophy (transparency) reflective of the community college mission

Accountability: Make and support data-informed, outcomes-based decision-making; make tough decisions

Innovation: Support continuous improvement; encourage new ideas and instructional delivery methods; promote and utilize cutting-edge technology and best practices

Inclusion: Understand and support college and community diversity, equity, and inclusion (including child care centers, early college high schools, first-generation, traditional and non-traditional students)

VGCC's Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Mission Statement

Vance-Granville Community College educates, inspires, and supports a diverse community of learners to achieve professional and personal success.

Vision Statement
In partnership with our community, Vance-Granville Community College will lead the economic development of our region, be nationally-recognized for educational excellence, and improve our world through stewardship and sustainability.

Excellence - We value working to our full potential and demonstrating quality at all levels by meeting or exceeding our goals and establishing high expectations for achievement by everyone through continuous improvement.

Teaching - We value rigorous, quality instruction that maximizes student success through focused and purposeful student support and activities.

Communication - We value decision making through broad-based, respectful team work and effective dialogue.

Respect - We value professional working relationships and exceptional service for our faculty, staff, students, and community.

Access - We value keeping our services accessible to our communities through a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

Diversity - We value the unique attributes and contributions of the members who enrich our college and its community.

Innovation - We value innovation and creativity through our leadership in learning, technology, and community partnerships.

Community - We value positive and supportive relationships among the faculty, staff, students, and community of our service area.

Sustainability - We value prudent stewardship of our resources and implementation of best practices in policies and operations that are ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable.

Educational Excellence from Access to Success

1.1 Increase student achievement through student-centered teaching.
1.2 Increase student completion through effective academic advising.
1.3 Facilitate college growth.
1.4 Cultivate a college-wide culture of support for a diverse community of learners.
1.5 Provide resources and experiences to empower students and prepare them for work or
higher education.

An Organizational Cultureof Quality, Cooperation, and Engagement

2.1 Recruit and hire exceptional employees.
2.2 Retain qualified employees.
2.3 Foster participation in meaningful professional development opportunities.
2.4 Enhance open communication.
2.5 Develop a campus community valuing health, safety, and quality of life opportunities.

A Learning Community of Continuous Improvement

3.1 Develop a culture that prioritizes individualized service to students
3.2 Develop a culture of continuous quality improvement and best practices.
3.3 Institute leadership development that supports and empowers all employees.

One College Experience

4.1 - Enhance support services.
4.2 - Foster student and employee engagement in college life.
4.3 - Partner with community organizations to support the college mission.
4.4 - Improve, maintain, and utilize adequate technology.

Institutional Stewardship: Securing and Sustaining Our Resources

5.1 Secure new and innovative resources to support institutional goals.
5.2 Implement risk assessment and management at the college.
5.3 Advance environmentally-friendly practices at the college.

Fast Facts

Fast Facts PDF (2016-2017)

Graduates (7-1-16 thru 6-30-17):

64 Diplomas, 150 Certificates, 511 Associate Degrees

Enrollment Estimates (Sum16 - Spr17):

1271 Basic Skills, 4120 Curriculum, and 6389 Con. Ed graduates from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017

Curriculum Students Residence Profile:

Student Residence percentage by county: Vance 24.2%, Granville 30.7%, Franklin 20.3%, Warren 8.4%. Adjacent counties account for 13.8% while other NC counties are 2.4% and Non-NC residents make up 0.1% of VGCC's curriculum students.


In-state Tuition $76, In-State Tuition Full Time: $1216 based on a 16 hour semester. Out-of-state tuition/credit hour $268. Out-of-state tuition full-time $4288 based on a 16 hour semester.

Student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1

Vanguard Spotlights

Vance-Granville Community College has many accomplishments to celebrate over the past several months. As we educate, inspire and support our diverse community of learners, we spotlight the following successes and initiatives:

  • In the summer of 2018, Vance-Granville Community College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of more than 220 colleges in 41 states dedicated to improving student success. As an ATD Network institution, VGCC is innovating to implement, align, and scale cutting edge reforms, working with ATD coaches to build institutional capacity and connecting with peers to foster learning and share information.
  • Vance-Granville Community College has entered an agreement with North Carolina State University to offer a dual-admission, dual-enrollment program to benefit students who wish to be guaranteed admission to NCSU to earn a baccalaureate degree after completing an associate degree at VGCC.
  • The Eagle Voyage partnership with North Carolina Central University now allows for VGCC students in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Family and Consumer Sciences (with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations) to earn their four-year degrees on VGCC’s campus after completing their Associate in Applied Science degrees.
  • VGCC is the third year of the “Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses” partnership with North Carolina A&T State University. RIBN students are simultaneously enrolled at VGCC and the university. They will earn associate degrees in nursing over three years (while also taking A&T courses online) and then continue for one year of additional courses at A&T required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Vance-Granville Community College’s 34th annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament hit a new record total in May 2018 by raising $125,000 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college. Since 1985, VGCC golf tournaments have now raised $987,000.
  • Since 1982, Vance-Granville Community College has awarded more than 9,100 scholarships to students, funded by interest earned on the Endowment Fund and Scholarship Program. Scholarships have been established by individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff to assist deserving students. In June 2017, Vance-Granville Community College celebrated an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $31 million, the largest such in-kind grant in the history of the college. The software is being used by students in VGCC’s Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree program. The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.
  • Vance-Granville Community College’s Grants Office surpassed $6 million in funding to support students in 2016-2017. Among the largest grants, $1.7 million was secured from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program, the largest single competitive grant award received in college history. The college started the Mechatronics Engineering Technology curriculum program and expanded the Welding program through the grant.
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA) with the four public school systems in the college’s coverage area was created with a $1.2 million grant from the N.C. Education and Workforce Innovation Fund. In addition, $460,000 was awarded to the Training Alliance by the Golden LEAF Foundation, along with grants of $245,923 and $237,757 from the Duke Energy Foundation to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. VGCC was awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to launch the North Carolina TechHire Program to train students in information technology and advanced manufacturing programs.
  • A $200,000 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas is being used to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities. The investment, from the Duke Energy Foundation, supports the “Vanguard Apprenticeship Collaborative,” a VGCC initiative designed to cultivate highly skilled workers for partnering companies in a number of industries. Grant funds will provide scholarships to adult students who are accepted into registered apprenticeship programs. Funds will also be used to purchase some equipment used for technical training and other supplies.
  • Seeking to provide additional educational opportunities for students, Vance-Granville has expanded its registered apprenticeship efforts. Adopting a model that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, the college sees the registered apprenticeships as high-quality work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models. The apprenticeships meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor, or federally recognized apprenticeship agencies in North Carolina. Area industries are getting on board, and the college has become a part of the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP). VGCC also joined the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC). The RACC is composed of employers, labor-management groups and associations that have Registered Apprenticeship programs (known as sponsors), along with two-year and four-year colleges.
  • In the first statewide bond referendum since 2000, voters approved the Connect NC Bond in primary election voting in March 2016. The $2 billion bond allocated $7.6 million for VGCC, the eighth largest amount among the state’s community colleges. The bond package will pay for ongoing, necessary improvements for VGCC and provide a substantial savings to the people of Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties. The college officially dedicated a new building, “Building 10,” in August 2016, expanding the college’s Main Campus in Vance County to the west side of Poplar Creek Road while providing new space to train public safety professionals and other students. The building provides a new home for VGCC’s Emergency Medical Services, Fire/Rescue and Law Enforcement Training programs.
  • Vance-Granville Community College students were joined by veteran theater actors from the community for the college’s sixth annual Dinner Theater production in April 2018. A collaboration of Vance-Granville’s Drama and Culinary departments, the event featured the musical comedy production “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The VanGuarantee scholarship continues to gain national attention. The “Community College Daily,” a publication of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), shared an annual report on the College Promise Campaign (CPC), described by the association as a movement focusing on providing a free community college education to qualified students. The report featured the VanGuarantee which benefitted 47 Vance-Granville students during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The VanGuarantee was created to help eliminate any financial barriers standing between students and their academic goals. The Obama White House highlighted the VanGuarantee in a press release as well as a White House conference call with U.S. Secretary of Education John King and the CPC.
  • The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts has joined the list of new curriculum programs being offered at Vance-Granville. Graduates may transfer to four-year universities to complete bachelor’s degrees in art. The “Vanguard Online Learning through Technology” (VOLT) initiative at VGCC now offers nine complete degree programs adult learners who need an online-only educational experience.
  • New opportunities to train for medical laboratory technician careers became available at VGCC through a newly added degree program in Histotechnology. Histotechnology provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examination using various stains and dyes to identify tissue and cell structures. Histology Technicians play key roles in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases including cancer.
  • The graduating Class of 2017 continued a trend as the number of associate degrees for the class was the most awarded in the history of Vance-Granville Community College. Completion has been a major focus of academic efforts, and the college produced the largest curriculum class of graduates and the largest number of credentials awarded in its history in 2015. Completions and credentials have been near those record levels for each of the past two years. Steve McGrady, chair of the Vance-Granville’s Science Department and an instructor, was honored as recipient of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges in early 2018.
  • Vance-Granville recently received awards from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Dr. Stelfanie Williams, VGCC’s sixth president, was named President of the Year in 2018, and Dr. Ben Currin, the college’s third president, was the recipient of the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed by the North Carolina Community College System, in 2016.

Vance / Granville / Franklin / Warren: Something for Everyone

The four-county area served by Vance-Granville Community College has something for everyone.

A beautiful lake with more than 850 miles of shoreline with secluded coves and tranquil picnic and camping areas, fishing and recreational boating, and an Independence Day celebration with music and fireworks, among so much more. Small town charm, rich histories, festivals, cultural events -- these are but a few of the attributes and events that make Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties special places.

Add to that growing business and economic development initiatives and diverse educational opportunities for young and old, Vance-Granville's service area in the Northeast Piedmont of North Carolina is the best place to live, work, play and learn.

For more information on the area, please visit the websites of our area chambers of commerce and economic development commissions:
Chambers: Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren
EDCs: Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren

How to Apply

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application process:

  1. A resume with relevant credentials and experiences
  2. A cover letter, not to exceed 2 pages, that shows how the applicant’s background and experiences address the characteristics identified in the profile.

Resumes and cover letters must be submitted electronically to

Once these materials are submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email that will allow submission of additional information.

To be assured consideration, resumes and cover letters must be received by November 9, 2018. Resumes with cover letters and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.

For general inquires about Vance-Granville Community College or for clarification regarding application materials, contact Ms. April Perkinson, Search Liaison to the board, at (252) 738-3227.