The Technical College of the Lowcountry selected Richard J. Gough of North Carolina as its new president and announced Thursday he will begin his duties next year.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to serve as TCL's next president," Gough said in a news release. "... My wife and I look forward to joining the TCL family and to relocating to Beaufort in the near future."
Gough succeeds former college president Thomas Lietzel, who resigned in May. Vice president for academic affairs Gina Mounfield has served as the interim president since June and will continue to do so until Gough takes over.
Gough currently serves as the executive vice president at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C., according to the release. He also has served as the dean of business and administrative services at Montgomery Community College in Troy, N.C.
Before he began his career in academics, Gough served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where his primary duties were in aviation, logistics, and training and education.
Gough beat out two other finalists for the position: Mounfield and Teresa E. Smith, who is the vice president for administration and chief financial officer for Tallahassee Community College.
The decision was announced by the school's governing body, the TCL Area Commission.
The commission's chairman, Gen. Arthur E. Brown Jr., said the school expects Gough to hit the ground running and thinks he will be a community- and student-oriented leader.
"We hope that he continues to work on the credibility of the college in the area and really focuses a great deal on student completion," Brown said.
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