FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015
RALEIGH – The State Board of Community Colleges, named George Fouts as interim president of the North Carolina Community College System during its June meeting today. Fouts will assume the interim role on September 1 when current System President, Dr. R. Scott Ralls, leaves to begin his tenure as President of Northern Virginia Community College.
Fouts brings more than 40 years of experience working within the North Carolina Community College System, serving in many leadership roles including as Executive Vice President of Guilford Technical Community College, interim president at Mayland and Roanoke-Chowan community colleges, as well as integral roles in the System’s student success initiatives. Fouts was also the 2015 recipient of the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the State Board of Community Colleges.
“George has a long history with North Carolina’s community colleges and will bring significant insight from a local, state and national level as he serves as interim president,” said Dr. Linwood Powell, Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges. “We are very appreciative of his flexibility to quickly take on this role and ensure a smooth transfer of leadership.”
Fouts of Jamestown, N.C. served two terms (1991-1994; 1997-2001) as executive vice president at Guilford Technical Community College. He retired to pursue teaching Developmental Education as an adjunct instructor (2002-2010) at GTCC and became the grant coordinator of the Developmental Education Initiative (2009-2010), a three-year effort (2009-2012) to make developmental education more effective and efficient in order to help underprepared students get on the completion track. Earlier this year, the State Board of Community Colleges awarded Fouts the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Board.
A teacher, mentor and leader, Fouts’ career in the N.C. Community College System and his major contributions span more than 40 years. He is a native of Thomasville, N.C.
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