Mercer County Community College begins search for new president

Jianping Wang became the sixth president of Mercer County Community College in April of 2016.
File photo from MCCC.

Mercer County Community College officials have launched the search for the college’s seventh president.

Current President Jianping Wang announced in August that she will retire next summer. Wang had previously expressed a desire to remain on through the college’s reaccreditation process, which will be completed in the spring of 2023. Her resignation letter mentioned her displeasure regarding contract renegotiations, which included a possible presidential transition before reaccreditation.

Wang has been credited with guiding the college through the COVID-19 crisis, improving school finances, and enhancing the college’s profile. But she has also clashed with professors, receiving a vote of no confidence from the faculty union in 2019.

The presidential search committee will work with national higher education search firm R H Perry & Associates to identify candidates to lead the school. The search committee is comprised of college trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community and MCCCC Foundation stakeholders. The college community will have an opportunity to meet and learn more about finalists at open forums in March, school officials said. Finalists will be reviewed by the board of trustees.

More information about the presidential search and the presidential leadership profile are both available on the MCCC presidential search webpage. The suggested date to apply for the position or nominate someone is Dec. 13.