The state board of North Carolina Community Colleges announced today that William C. Aiken will serve as interim president of Wake Technical Community College.
Aiken will replace retiring president Dr. Steve Scott, who joined the Wake staff in 2003 as the college’s third president in its 50-year history. Scott announced his retirement in February. His last day on the job is Aug. 31.
“I am truly honored to be selected as the interim president of Wake Technical Community College,” Aiken said about his appointment. “Having been chosen is no doubt the highlight of my career. As the largest community college in North Carolina, Wake Tech has an outstanding reputation not only in the state, but the country as well.”
Aiken served as president of Sampson Community College for 12 years before his retirement in 2012 and has since served as interim president at Haywood, Rockingham, Cleveland, Robeson and Paul D. Camp community colleges.
“Hopefully, these experiences will prove to be of value as I work with faculty and staff of Wake Tech. My aim will be to continue working with internal and external stakeholders as the institution anticipates the arrival of a new president. “
Wake Tech has become the largest of the state’s 58 community colleges over the last 15 years that Scott has served as president. The population growth of the college has increased from 50,000 in 2003 to 74,000 today.
“The institution’s response to the needs of business and industry is outstanding, and I look forward to continuing those relationships,” Aiken shared. “Retiring president Dr. Steve Scott has established an outstanding legacy at Wake Tech, and I am flattered to follow in his footsteps.”
Aiken is a native of Tennessee with a lifelong career in education. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and has served in numerous higher education positions in Tennessee and North Carolina.
“Dr. Aiken is a well-known, proven leader with a lifetime of service,” Wake Tech Board of Trustees chair Tom Looney said. “His background in education and track record with several North Carolina community colleges will serve Wake Tech well in this interim period. We’re confident that he’ll hit the ground running and will want to meet with faculty, staff, and students soon after he arrives on campus.”
The search for Scott’s permanent replacement is underway. The Board of Trustees recently appointed a Presidential Search Committee comprised of staff and faculty, trustees, and local business and community leaders to work with AGB Search, an affiliate of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, on the search process. Dr. Scott’s permanent replacement is expected to be named by the end of the year.