A nominee has been named to be the next president of Bristol Community College.

School spokesman Kevin Spirlet says the school's Board of Trustees has selected Laura Douglas, who currently serves as Provost at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Spirlet says the board unanimously selected Douglas following a nationwide search.

“Laura is a highly accomplished educator and leader with a deep commitment to higher education that has spanned more than 25 years,” said Board Chairman Joseph Marshall, “Laura demonstrated a strong appreciation and value for diversity in its broadest sense. Her proven success has shown a true commitment to removing barriers and closing gaps throughout College constituencies and the community at-large. She will expand upon the innovative and visionary leadership that Bristol Community College needs for continued success and growth for the future.”

Prior to her current position Douglas served as the Vice President for Instructional and Student Services for Randolph Community College, Asheboro, N.C.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of Southern Maine, a Master of Arts in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., a Master of Arts in Higher Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.

Douglas' recommendation must be approved by the Board of Higher Education and is subject to a contract agreement.

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