Following a stint as the “Operations Research Analyst” for the U.S. Army Cadet Command in Ft Knox, Kentucky, ex-president of Gadsden State Community College, Raymond Staats, will take over leadership of Craven Community College in North Carolina.
According to the Sun Journal, Staats was chosen for the position earlier this week; the two-year facility currently has approximately 4,700 students enrolled.
He acted as President of Gadsden State Community College from 2011 – until his departure in August of 2013. Staats resigned following an overwhelming “No Confidence” vote by the employees on the GSCC campus. Out of 350 votes cast, a total of 312 – or 89% – voted “No Confidence” in his leadership, in May of 2013.
Employees on their main campus, the campus of Gadsden State Cherokee in Centre and the Ayers campus in Calhoun County all took part in the vote – following complaints registered by employees and officials. According to an article published by al.com during that time – a history instructor, George Terrell, stated that the complaints mainly stemmed from (quote) “not being receptive to what employees have to say,” adding that “…we know that one time during a cabinet meeting – an employee expressing a different opinion, was written up for insubordination, for merely expressing a different opinion than the president had…” (end-quote).
Other complaints included Staats allegedly using money for office renovations – rather than student needs.
No word yet on when he will actually begin work at his new position.