LUMBERTON — Pamela T. Hilbert, the current vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Community College in Greenville, is expected to become the fourth president of Robeson Community College — and the first woman to serve in that capacity.
She will replace Charles Chrestman, who is retiring after serving as RCC president for more than a decade.
Hilbert was selected by RCC’s board of trustees, and her appointment is pending approval by the State Board of Community Colleges. The RCC trustees will meet Thursday to finalize her contract.
Hilbert is expected to begin her tenure as RCC president on March 1. She could not be reached for comment.
The new president has held her current position at Pitt Community College since June 2006. She was vice president of instruction and student support at Carteret Community College in Morehead City from 1999 to 2006, and from 1996 to 1999 she served as dean of the evening division for Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. She also served as the recruiter-instructional supervisor for WTCC from 1989 to 1996.
Hilbert holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also earned a master’s degree in adult and community college education and a doctorate of education from North Carolina State University.
George D. Regan, chairman of the RCC board of trustees, said Hilbert is expected to bring to RCC a cross-section of experience from some of the state’s premier community colleges, adding that she has a strong background in curricula, instruction and student support services.
Hilbert was one of six finalists interviewed by the trustees last month. One of the other finalists was Mark Kinlaw, RCC’s current vice president for instruction and support services and chief academic officer.
Originally there were 37 applicants for the president’s position, but 13 did not meet the minimum requirements for the job — a doctorate from an accredited institution, and at least five years of senior-level community college leadership.
Chrestman announced in July that he would be retiring at the end of 2012. He later agreed to stay at RCC until the end of this month so the trustees had adequate time to find his replacement. A reception is planned at the community college in honor of Chrestman from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24. The public is welcome.