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Presidential Search Announcement & Invitation to Attend Public Forums 

DATE: November 17, 2023

TO: Trident Technical College

FROM: Anita G. Zucker, Chair, Area Commission, Trident Technical College

RE: Presidential Search Announcement & Invitation to Attend Public Forums

On behalf of the Trident Technical College Area Commission, I am pleased to announce that we have begun the search to identify the next President of Trident Technical College. We are fully committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search that will attract a strong and diverse pool of candidates from throughout South Carolina and the nation.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has been selected to assist us with the Presidential search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support with the development of the Presidential Profile, recruiting highly competitive candidates, and working extensively with the College and the Area Commission. ACCT has conducted over 750 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education and advocacy. Luke Robins, Ph.D., will serve as our ACCT Search Consultant and will assist the College throughout this important process.

Presidential Profile Development: Open Forums & Survey

An important step in the Presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. On December 5, 2023, we will host three (3) Public Forums to listen to your input, which will assist with the development of the Presidential Profile. The entire College community is invited and encouraged to participate in a discussion about the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications we are seeking in the next President of Trident Technical College, and the opportunities and challenges facing the College in the years to come. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Presidential search process. The discussions will be facilitated by Luke Robins, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant.

We invite everyone to attend the one-hour Public Forums on December 5, 2023:

  • 9:00 am Thornley Campus, The College Center-Building 920
  • 11:00 am Thornley Campus, The College Center-Building 920
  • 4:00 pm Thornley Campus, The College Center-Building 920

Please share the forum information with those who have an interest in Trident Technical College and wish to attend. No RSVP is needed.

In addition to the Public Forum, we have developed a brief electronic survey that we hope you will complete if you are unable to attend one of the forums. The anonymous responses to the survey will also be used to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile. The survey is available here:  

Please submit your survey feedback no later than 7:00 p.m. (ET) on December 5, 2023.

The Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will review the confidential applications, interview semifinalist candidates, and identify the final candidates to be forwarded to the Area Commission for consideration. The Search Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Anita Zucker, TTC Area Commission and Search Committee Chair
  • Greg Askins, Past Chair, SC Technical College System Board
  • Dr. Yvonne Barnes, TTC Area Commission
  • Bill Blanton, TTC Area Commission
  • Joe Daning, TTC Area Commission
  • Carroll Duncan, TTC Area Commission
  • Dr. Tim Hardee, President, SC Technical College System
  • Baird Mallory, TTC Area Commission
  • Margie Morse, TTC Area Commission
  • Dr. Hope Rivers, President, Piedmont Technical College
  • Marion Thompson, TTC Area Commission

Final Candidates

All final candidates will participate in open forums at Trident Technical College and the finalists will interview with the Area Commission. We anticipate the open forums taking place in early April 2024 and we will provide the dates, times, and location once they are confirmed. All employees, students and community members will be invited to attend the open forums and complete feedback forums which will be reviewed as part of the deliberation process.


Our recruitment efforts will involve an open and thorough national search seeking qualified candidates from all regions of the country. ACCT specializes in one-to-one recruitment of community college leaders. Additionally, to assist with this process, advertisements will be placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other major publications and websites.

Presidential Search Webpage 

The Trident Technical College website will include information on all aspects of the search. The Presidential search webpage will be developed in the coming weeks and will include key information including the timeline, Presidential Profile, and information on how to apply.

We will continue to keep you updated on this important process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultant: