10/8/2012 3:56 PM
by Heidi Moore
Merle Dempsey has been named interim president of New River Community and Technical College.
The Beckley-based school announced Dempsey's appointment Monday. He will start November 3rd and will serve until a permanent president is hired. President Ted Spring resigned after being named president of Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina, in August. Spring's last day at New River is November 2nd. Dempsey is an educational consultant. He retired as Executive Vice President of Southern Community and Technical College in 2010.
"He'll always be there to help us whenever we need, but they're aware this is a certain thing that happens. They just come on board for a little bit, they run the course, stay the course help the college move on while everybody else can focus on finding a new permanent president" Leslie Baker, the Board of Governors Chair. said.
Baker expects the presidential search to take anywhere from three to six months.