POLKTON/MONROE—The South Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Dr. Jerry McGee and Joyce Long will serve as the college’s interim Presidents.
McGee, the recently retired Wingate University President, will begin his new responsibilities on March 1. Long, currently SPCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, will serve as interim President for the month of February.
SPCC President Dr. Stan Sidor, who came to the college in 2011, has accepted the position of President at Lake-Sumter State College in Florida. Sidor will continue to serve as SPCC President until the end of January.
Dr. McGee, Wingate’s president for 23 years before retiring last May, is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a master’s degree from Appalachian State University as well as a doctorate from Nova University. He has been recognized for his leadership at Wingate and throughout the state, receiving North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, in 2006.
“During the search for the next President of SPCC, it will be my honor to serve the citizens of Anson and Union Counties,” said McGee. “I have long been impressed by the fine people associated with SPCC and I look forward to working alongside them.”
Long came to South Piedmont 10 years ago to start the college’s hugely successful Associate Degree Nursing Program, serving as the program’s Dean until moving to her current role as Vice President. Before coming to SPCC, Long was a faculty member at the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University for 18 years. She holds a B.S.N. degree from East Carolina University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
SPCC Board of Trustees Chairman Jarvis Woodburn said, “We are pleased that Dr. McGee and Mrs. Long have agreed to serve in this capacity. Their experience and proven leadership will be a real asset for South Piedmont as we move forward.”
The process of identifying the college’s next president will begin immediately.