Brent Wallace, chief academic officer at North Central Texas College, will be the next president of the community college and start the job Aug. 1.
Wallace will transition into the role as outgoing President Eddie Hadlock takes vacation and officially retires on Aug. 31, after more than 40 years with the school.
“It’s always good to enter a position where the predecessor has had great success and a tremendous career,” Wallace said. “It’s a very exciting time, and of course I’m looking forward to the future with NCTC.”
The top priority for when he takes office will be managing enrollment at the various campuses, he said. Most of the campuses have had increases in enrollment recently, and even with additions to the flagship campus in Gainesville and in Corinth, NCTC needs to continue accommodating the growth, he said.
Wallace said he will look at developing strategic plans for each of the campuses with the staff currently in place, which he anticipates will take about a year. Part of this will be getting to know key figures in the communities NCTC has campuses in, Wallace said.
“It’s going to let me get to know more of our foundation partners even better and engage with everyone on a different level,” he said. “You’re getting to know them as visionaries now, and those people that are really important and imperative to our growth.”
Wallace was named the sole finalist last month and was confirmed by the Board of Regents last week. He was named the sole finalist over the second candidate for the job, Steve Rook of Rich Mountain Community College in Arkansas.
In 2011, Wallace joined NCTC as vice president of instruction and chief academic officer after working as the dean of instruction at Cisco College.
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