Virginia’s Community Colleges Hire Dr. William C. Aiken to Serve as Interim President of Paul D. Camp Community College

Dr. William C. Aiken will lead Paul D. Camp Community College beginning April 6, 2015. His appointment as the college’s interim president will last for at least one year. Subsequently, a statewide committee is postponing its work to select the next permanent president of the college, which serves the communities of Franklin, Suffolk and Smithfield, Virginia.
Aiken, who retired after working for a dozen years as the president of Sampson Community College, in Clinton, N.C., has also served as the interim president of two other North Carolina institutions: Haywood and Rockingham community colleges. Aiken’s higher education career includes numerous positions at institutions throughout Tennessee and North Carolina, dating back to his first job as a teacher in Athens, T.N. in 1965. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
“Bill Aiken is a proven and seasoned higher education leader and I’m delighted to announce his appointment as the interim president of Paul D. Camp Community College,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The college is facing a number of serious challenges. Were this college a private enterprise, its financial sustainability would be questionable. Our mission, however, compels us to serve these communities, helping people there find opportunity, and we intend to return the college to a standing where it can do that. In the meantime, it is simply unfair to hand over the college, in its current condition, to a new permanent president. Aiken has experience as both an interim and permanent college president and his accomplishments bode well for leading PDCCC through this transition period.”
“I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to this work,” said Dr. Aiken. “From a preliminary look at the college’s indicators, it is not meeting its potential for the leading role that it can and should play in the community. I’m excited to bring people together in this effort to help the college find its footing.”
A committee, consisting of community college leaders from across Virginia and members of the PDCCC local college board, tasked with finding the college’s next permanent president met in Richmond last week. They agreed with DuBois that naming an interim president is a prudent decision and postponed their work to find the college’s next permanent president.
Aiken replaces Dr. Paul Conco, who announced last October his intention to retire as PDCCC’s president after leading the college for five years. Conco previously served as a vice president at Virginia Highlands Community College, in Abingdon, VA, for nearly a decade.