Bledsoe named MCC president

Montgomery Community College has named its next president. The MCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously Mar. 11 to select Dr. Chad Bledsoe to serve as the school’s sixth president.

Dr. Chad Bledsoe was named president of Montgomery Community College Mar. 11, 2015. (photo courtesy Haywood Community College)

Dr. Chad Bledsoe was named president of Montgomery Community College Mar. 11, 2015. (photo courtesy Haywood Community College)

Bledsoe has been serving Western Piedmont Community College in the Burke County town of Morganton as executive vice president and vice president of academic affairs. His move to MCC will require final approval from North Carolina’s State Board of Community Colleges, which is expected to meet the week of Mar. 16.

Before his work at Western Piedmont, Chad Bledsoe was vice president of academic and workforce development at Haywood Community College in Clyde and, earlier, Dean of Career Technologies at Surry Community College in Dobson. He has also been on the computer technologies faculty at Wake Technical Community College and a division chair at Wilkes Community College.

In 2008, Bledsoe earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from UNC-Greensboro. As part of that work, he pioneered a method by which community colleges could better assess the costs and benefits of distance education programs.

In addition to his experience in education, Chad Bledsoe has been a licensed general contractor and home inspector.

MCC Board of Trustees Chair Claudia Bulthuis told the Courier-Tribune “the search committee worked long and hard to find just the right person to lead MCC.”

It has been nearly nine months since Mary Kirk left the position to become vice president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Mary Chesson, a former vice president of instruction at MCC, has served the school as interim president since July, 2014.

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